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Cleveland City Council considers restricting sales of flavored tobacco

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Cleveland (an ASPiRE city) is considering an ordinance to prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. Cleveland Public Health Director Dr. David Margolius said Cleveland has the highest smoking rate in the nation at 35%, well above the national average of 12%. “Most smokers, in Cleveland specifically, want to quit,” Margolius [...]

Chicago reaches $23.8M settlement with Juul Labs for marketing and sales to underaged youth

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On March 10, officials in Chicago (an ASPiRE city) announced a $23.8M settlement with JUUL Labs over claims that the company was engaged in harmful and deceptive business practices by marketing and selling vaping products to underage users. Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, applauded the announcement. “E-cigarette businesses cannot [...]

ASPiRE research cited in story about proposed flavor restrictions in Michigan

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The Detroit News cited ASPiRE’s research in a recent story about efforts to pass a statewide ban on flavored tobacco products in Michigan. “Eighty-five percent of the city’s population lives within a 10-minute walk of a tobacco retailer, according to ASPiRE, a center funded by the National Cancer Institute,” the story reported. The data is being [...]

Resources now available to help frame messaging about tobacco disparities

ChangeLab Solutions and the CDC have partnered to help tobacco prevention staff and partners frame their communications on tobacco-related health disparities in ways that minimize racial biases and foster support for effective policy solutions. Messaging that focuses on disparities can reinforce biases about the communities that are most harmed by commercial tobacco, leading policymakers to [...]

LA prohibits flavored tobacco sales

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The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously June 1 to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products except flavored shisha tobacco, allowing it to be sold in some hookah lounges. The law does not ban the possession or use of flavored tobacco, only its sale. The ban is scheduled to go into effect January [...]

CAB member rejects “sleeping with the enemy”

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TIME Magazine recently published a story about the tobacco industry’s funding of controversial tobacco-prevention programs in schools, which public health experts say don’t work and promote the idea that tobacco giants really care about kids. In January, Malcolm Ahlo, our ASPiRE CAB member in Las Vegas, was offered the chance to apply for a grant [...]