By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Tuesday local retailers were clearing out their shelves of flavored cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration is now banning all candy and fruit flavored cigarettes under the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
The ban includes all cigarettes that have additives and natural and artificial flavors added to them.
The FDA says it's a nationwide effort to stop children from smoking. Nothing But Smokes Manager Michele Casanova says she agrees these flavored cigarettes are targeted to a younger generation. "Really the key in this whole process is to deter kids from smoking and making them good tasting," said Casanova.
Casanova says flavored cigarettes make up about 20% of their sales and that the store continually notifies their customers of the new ban. Even so, Casanova says she is still bombarded with requests for them. "We've had the cloves, the cherry, and the vanilla. We have been getting requests for a lot of those. Unfortunately we're not able to make all those demands," said Casanova.
The FDA is also looking into possible regulations on menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products, angering even more customers. "I'd quit," said Bruce Williams who uses peach flavored dip. Dee Morales smokes menthols and says she has a huge issue if they put regulations on the menthols. "I think that's pretty bad, I don't think it's a good idea," said Morales.
Any companies caught making, shipping, or selling flavored cigarettes will be subject to FDA enforcement actions.
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