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IL – Evanston – Stop a Flavor Ban!
10.02.23 – When the Human Services Committee brought the motion to
recommend the adoption of the Ordinance to the City Council for a vote, Councilmember
Reid made a motion to revert back to the originally proposed language, banning only flavored
vape products and menthol cigarettes. This amendment passed 3-2. The Committee then
voted unanimously to pass the proposed Ordinance on to the City Council.
06.05.23 – Councilmember Reid recommended the Human Services Committee to
discuss a ban on flavored tobacco vape and menthol products only. The Human Services
Committee unanimously recommended extending the ban to all tobacco products, including
Ordinance 74-O-23, which would ban tobacco and nicotine products in any flavor other than tobacco is moving toward final consideration on
Monday, November 13, 2023
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, James C. Lytle City Council Chambers, Room 2800
Please take a moment to send a message to council members urging them to reject this ordinance. Banning flavors in ALL tobacco and nicotine products risks sending people back to smoking, shopping in illicit markets, and making it more difficult for people to switch to smoke-free alternatives like vaping and nicotine pouches. Indeed, Ordinance 74-O-23 would ban products that FDA has already authorized under the appropriate for the protection of public health standard, even products that have received “modified risk orders” allowing them to be marketed as less harmful than smoking.
- Urge your lawmakers to oppose the flavor ban ordinance (74-O-23) which would restrict your ability to use low-risk alternatives to smoking and send people back to smoking or to buy their vapor products from informal sources.
- Ordinance 74-O-23 would ban flavored vapor products even if they are authorized for sale by the FDA as less harmful than smoking and appropriate for the protection of public health.
- Briefly, share your story about switching to vaping and what role that flavors play in helping you live smoke free.
- Note any health changes you’ve experienced.
- Briefly, discuss what losing access to a local supply of vapor products will mean for you (Will you shop out-of-state, in neighboring cities, or online? Will you make your own e-liquid at home or purchase products on an underground market?).
- Be brief, Be kind, and Say Thank You 🙂
For those new to vaping, or just generally unfamiliar with federal regulations, the premarket tobacco application (or PMTA) deadline was September 9, 2020. This application is required to keep or bring new tobacco/nicotine products on the market. It is estimated that 95% to 98% of vapor manufacturers are effectively priced out of the authorization process.
But 98% is not 100% (as the antis are fond of saying).
The FDA has already approved some new tobacco products that are being sold in flavors other than tobacco (specifically mint, menthol, and wintergreen). In the weeks prior to the September deadline, the FDA accepted for review several applications for bottled e-liquid in flavors ranging from tobacco to cereal to fruit. Despite the rhetoric from certain members of congress and the incessant pro-drug war drum beat of tobacco prohibitionists, FDA is still capable of authorizing flavored smoke-free nicotine products for market. Moreover, FDA may even allow manufactures of these products to market them as safer than cigarettes, if they apply for and receive a modified risk order.
Evanston’s flavor ban would undermine any decision by the FDA allowing low-risk, flavored tobacco products on the market after having met the “appropriate for the protection of public health” standard. Even without involving the FDA, flavor bans are being enacted without thorough consideration of the negative consequences. Sales data from Massachusetts and New York suggest that many people who were vaping prior to the flavor bans simply returned to smoking.
While a flavor ban may amount to an inconvenience for teens experimenting with substance use, it is actively harming parents and other adults who are trying to quit smoking.