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Evanston to implement ban on sale of flavored tobacco products starting Monday

EVANSTON, Unwell. — A citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products goes into effect in Evanston on Monday.

Ordinance 74-O-23, which takes effect on Monday, April 1, establishes that retailers cannot sell, offer on the market, display, market, or advertise any flavored tobacco product, including menthol, throughout the city’s limits.

“This ban is a critical step in safeguarding the general public from the predatory marketing practices employed by the tobacco industry, particularly those disproportionately targeting Black consumers and young people, resulting in disparate health outcomes,” city officials said in a news release in early March.

What products are included within the ban?

In response to town, the ban includes flavored cigarettes, cigars, vaping items, loose tobacco, and rolling papers.

E-cigarettes and other devices used for smoking or vaping nicotine or other liquids, when sold together with flavored e-liquid, are also prohibited under the ordinance.

“The definition of a flavored tobacco product, under the Ordinance, includes menthol flavors equivalent to mint, wintergreen, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, honey, or any candy, fruit, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb, or spice or any tobacco product that incorporates a cooling or numbing sensation,” city officials said.

Visit the City of Evanston website for an example list of banned products. City officials say the list doesn’t contain all banned products.

What could occur if a retailer is caught selling flavored tobacco products?

Retailers that sell, possess with the intent to sell, or offer on the market any flavored tobacco or menthol cigarettes will likely be in violation of the ordinance.

City officials say that any retailer caught violating the ordinance could see fines starting from $500 to $2500 on first and second violations.

If a 3rd violation occurs inside a 24-month period, retailers could possibly be subject to tobacco license revocation.

Officials say it’s the responsibility of the retailers to comply with town ordinance and added that routine compliance inspections will likely be conducted by town’s Health and Human Services staff no less than annually, including follow-up and grievance inspections.

Anyone trying to report a violation to town can contact the Evanston Health and Human Services Department at 311 or 847-448-4311.

Reports may also be sent over email to health@cityofevanston.org.

Can I get in trouble for having/using flavored tobacco products?

In response to city officials, the ordinance only applies to retail locations and never to individuals who possess or use the products.

City officials say it isn’t illegal for people to buy flavored products, because the penalties only apply to retailers or any of the tobacco retailer’s agents or employees.

Individuals who purchase products outside of city limits and produce them into Evanston aren’t in violation of the ordinance.

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