STATEWIDE — State Representative Michele Meyer of (D) – Eliot wants to end the sale of flavored tobacco products.
She is the sponsor of a bill that includes a ban on the sale of electronic smoking devices, flavored cigars, or any product that shows evidence of a taste or smell other than tobacco.
Legislators in Friday’s hearing heard from many people in the state who shared their own experiences of becoming addicted to these tobacco products.
“Maine now has an opportunity to join those who have said they will no longer tolerate a system that is designed to hook as many kids on smoking and tobacco as possible,” said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of Maine CDC.
According to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey, one in every five high school students and one in every twenty middle school students are currently using e-cigarettes.
Lawmakers will decide in a week whether to recommend the legislation to the full legislature.