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Denver City Council cannot veto flavored tobacco ban

DENVER (KDVR) – Mayor Michael Hancock vetoes flavored cigarette bill prevailed because Denver City Council was unable to override it on Monday. The council ended the vote 8-4.

On December 10, Hancock released veto on a bill will ban the sale of flavored cigarettes and accessories by 2023.

The hotly contested bill would ban products like vape juice in an effort to keep tobacco out of schools and protect children from the product. However, Hancock said the bill would hurt businesses while the kids find other ways to secure products.

The council needs nine votes to override the veto.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network is disappointed with the panel’s decision. They released a statement saying:

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Colorado, killing about 8,420 people by 2021. Smoking increases the risk of at least a dozen types of cancer including lung, colorectal, kidney, liver, and lung cancers. pancreas.

Ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products is an important step towards reducing tobacco use among youth and can help reverse long-standing health inequalities. Menthol, other candies – and fruit-flavored tobacco products are an important part of the tobacco industry’s strategy to draw our youth into a life of latent addiction. Research shows that flavors have fueled an unprecedented increase in tobacco intake among adolescents, with 81% of children who have ever tried cigarettes starting with a flavored product.

Big Tobacco also has a long history of targeting lower-income communities of color and LGBTQ+, which has resulted in a disproportionate cancer burden. For example, blacks still have the highest mortality rates and shortest survival rates of any racial group in the United States for most cancers; and Black Men have the highest rates of cancer”.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/denver-city-council-fails-to-override-flavored-tobacco-ban-veto/ Denver City Council cannot veto flavored tobacco ban

Emma Bowman

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