The sale of flavored tobacco products in Bangor, Maine will come to an end next June after the Bangor City Council approved an ordinance by a 7-1 vote on Monday, becoming the first city in Maine to pass such a ban.

The ordinance will go into effect on June 1, 2022, and when it does, retailers will be prohibited from selling, displaying, marketing or advertising flavored tobacco products within the city. Retailers found to be doing so will face a first time fine of between $50 and $100. with repeated offenses carrying fines up to $1,000.

While the ordinance bans the sale of flavored tobacco products or tobacco alternatives, it does not ban their use. It does, however, ban the sale of tobacco products with menthol, an often contested part of similar ordinances passed elsewhere.

Bangor is home to just over 32,000 residents.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.