Ryan calls for ban on flavored tobacco

Anti-smoking advocates praised the federal legislators in 2009, banning the sale of flavored cigarettes, they said, the potential appeal to young smokers. But the tobacco companies have found other ways to reach young people, the legislature, Sean M. Ryan said Sunday as he urged passage of state legislation that would ban other flavored products, including small cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff.

“This is a gateway product,” said Ryan. “Without this, you will not have young adults smoke cigarettes. Because we all know that cigarettes taste awful, you’re not going to become addicted without these flavors.” Products, Ryan said that flavored to taste like fruit, chocolate, vanilla, herbs and spices. While federal law has banned the sale of flavored cigarettes, flavored with little cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff can still be sold.

The bill, sponsored by the Legislative Assembly of Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, closes that Ryan sees as a loophole in federal law and to introduce an express prohibition in the State flavored tobacco products. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority in the General Assembly in January, but stayed in the Senate. Ryan, who will appear today at Roswell Park Cancer Institute with the American Cancer Society and the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, urged the Senate to the bill.

“At the same time we are working in the government to try to help people quit smoking, these products are marketed to help people start smoking,” said Ryan. “The state must do all it can to reduce the number of people start smoking.” Tobacco companies have stated that the appeal of flavored tobacco for young people is unintentional, but Ryan said that the products on the market clearly younger crowd. “Tobacco companies are smart,” he said. “It is clear that some of the flavors really aimed at younger audiences. I’ve never seen adult smoking chocolate mini-cigars.”

In the 2005 survey, Roswell Park found that 20 percent of smokers aged 17 to 19 years old said they used flavored cigarettes, compared with 6 percent of smokers older than 25 years.

The federal law banning flavored cigarettes should be in the 2006 agreement in which RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company agreed to a national ban on the line of flavored cigarettes, which included “Twista Lime” and “Mocha Taboo”. Other flavors include “Winter Warm Toffee” and “Kauai Kolyada.” In addition, the flavor menthol cigarette smokers has increased and has made it more difficult for smokers to quit, according to a 2011 study of Food and Drug Administration advisory panel. Federal law also gave the FDA authority to regulate the ingredients in cigarettes.

For Ryan, D-Buffalo, the issue is personal. While his mother to quit smoking, his father-in-law still has to deal with destructive of nicotine addiction, he gave years ago. “My grandfather and grandmother both have their lives cut short by smoking,” said Ryan. “I am one of the few people in my family who do not smoke. But you can see the terrible forces of drug addiction. “

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