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Old July 23rd, 2017, 06:20 PM   #1
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Minneapolis looks to ban mentholated tobacco

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Two years after banning flavored tobacco from corner stores, the Minneapolis City Council is ready to swipe mint flavors from the aisles as well.

Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon and Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender introduced a proposal on Friday to add menthol or mint flavored tobacco to the existing blacklist that keeps other child-enticing flavors, like bubblegum and cherry, off convenience store shelves.

Twin Cities activists have been working to take down menthol for years but the flavor’s popularity and big tobacco’s affinity for it has made progress difficult, said Betsy Brock, research director for the Association of Nonsmokers–Minnesota.

The association teamed up with Minneapolis’ Northpoint Health and Wellness Center to conduct research, education and outreach initiatives to get the policy to city council, Brock said.

The agencies found menthol products are disproportionately used by youth, black and LGBT communities, said LaTrisha Vetaw, policy manager for Northpoint. Nearly 80 percent of black smokers use menthols.

http://www.mndaily.com/article/2017/...strict-tobacco



Good old nanny state. Hey, at least we have trigger happy cops.
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I heard that it may have been because she wasn't dressed like a ninja.
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I like the smokes when I am drunk. Got drunk the other night on some good German beer and went through a pack. I also smoke when I am stressed out and have anxiety. I had a huge worry and concern this last spring and was smoking like a chimney.

If I am sober and/or not stressed out, I don't smoke. I don't do the whole "I am going to quit smoking." bit, if I want a smoke, I have one. I just don't want one. The shite is bad for you and they will kill you, but warn the kids, once you smoke, you will always be a smoker even if you "quit".

If I lived in America, I probably wouldn't smoke because of the cost. Smokes in Tennessee are like $6 a pack or $180 bucks a year. Money that could be better spent on dope, beer or tips at the nudie bar.
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