By: Angela Garrity
The Aspen Times is reporting that the City Council is pushing forward with its plan on a full ban of all flavored tobacco products, including vaping products. This comes in spite of retailers who sell products pushing back indignantly against the proposed ban.
On Monday, a majority of council directed city staff to continue with an ordinance that bans both tobacco and e-liquid flavored products.
Retailers agree that the city’s $3 tax on cigarettes and tobacco 21 have curbed sales and the goal to limit access to teens has been met, however most members of City Council do not feel enough has been done, therefore continue to push for a full ban on flavors.
Councilman Adam Frisch was not in favor of advancing a full ban until a larger conversation with local retailers can happen
“I think we owe them a conversation,” he said. “I think we owe our business community who are trying to do the right thing.”
The Aspen City Council will consider an ordinance for the full ban later this month, with a second reading and public hearing to follow.
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