Connecticut Attorney General William Tong recently submitted testimony supporting the state’s Senate Bill 326. The bill would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, flavored cigarettes, vapor products, and electronic nicotine delivery systems.
“We can’t wait any longer to protect the health of Connecticut residents, especially our kids. Connecticut can be a leader by ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products – including menthol cigarettes, and flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco,” Tong said. “Ending the sale of flavored tobacco products will have an enormous impact in reducing the number of people who die or suffer debilitating illness from tobacco use, significantly reducing the number of young people who become addicted to tobacco products, and reversing the youth e-cigarette epidemic.”
On Feb. 7, Tong also supported the legislation in a Hearst Connecticut newspaper op-ed piece that he co-authored with Matthew L. Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids president.
Menthol is used in cigarettes to disguise the flavor of tobacco. The products are used disproportionately among youth, communities of color, and other minority groups such as those experiencing mental health challenges and the LGBTQ community.
Tong also recently joined 23 other state attorneys general urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol cigarettes.