BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – Chocolate, vanilla and lime may sound like a tasty treat, but these are all flavors of cigars and tobacco products targeted to an under 30-year-old crowd.
Now, there is a big push to ban flavored tobacco products by New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan. Legislation has been pushed through the Assembly in years past, but died in the Senate. Now, Ryan is trying again.
In 2009, the Federal government did ban flavored cigarettes, but it did not apply to other tobacco products including small cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff.
Experts said these types of products are enticing teens and young adults to buy the tobacco because of its taste and fancy packaging. They say parents must talk to their teens about the danger.
“Sitting down and talking about advertising works and companies about what hooks they use to manipulate you into buying their products,” anti-smoking advocate Linda Lee said.
Anti-smoking advocates and legislators said a ban on the products would prevent young people from starting a life long addiction to tobacco.
Assemblyman Ryan is holding a press conference at 10 a.m. at Roswell Cancer Institute. Anti-smoking advocates, doctors and other supporters will be there to back-up his effort.