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Do you think flavored tobacco should be banned in Maine?

The question of whether flavored tobacco products should be banned in Maine has drawn supporters and opponents to the State House.

Two similar bills would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including mint, fruit, chocolate, vanilla and honey. The federal government currently bans flavors, except for menthol, in combustible cigarettes, but allows them in vaping products. Some Maine cities and towns have passed local measures to ban sales of flavored vaping tobacco.

Supporters of the ban, including the Maine Center for Disease Control, say flavored tobacco has ruined the lives of young people in Maine, putting them on a stepping stone toward nicotine addiction. Opponents say the proposed ban would simply drive people out of state to buy flavored tobacco, which they argue should be available to adults who turn to vaping as a way to quit smoking.

But what do you think? Should flavored tobacco be banned in Maine? Tell us in the poll and in the comments below.

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