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.