Chicago bans flavored vaping products

Chicago City Council voted Sept. 9 to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in the city.

The ordinance applies to flavored liquid nicotine products that create the taste or aroma of food. These flavors include chocolate, mint, cocoa, or candy.

Flavored products are often targeted at young people. A total of 80 percent of youth tobacco users started with a flavored product.

Since 2017, tobacco use among Chicago high school students increased 12 percent, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. While the use of traditional cigarettes has decreased, vaping has increased 88 percent.

The vaping rate for Black high schoolers rose faster than other racial and ethnic groups, more than quadrupling.

Cigarette use among young Black males grew 32 percent while falling for other groups.

“With flavors like candy and chocolate, these products are designed to entice youth, and we as a City have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent that from happening,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “This ordinance is an important step, but more must be done to protect our young people’s health from vaping and the tobacco industry’s efforts to have them to develop life-threatening habits.”

Lightfoot and city council members also introduced a resolution, committing additional action on vaping and tobacco.

Melina Druga

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