On Tuesday, Brunswick became the third city in Maine to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, as the Town Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that will bring an end to the sale of such products, including those with menthol.

The ban will go into effect on June 1, and when it does, Brunswick will join Bangor and Portland, which passed similar bans in October 2021 and February 2022, respectively. The bans passed by those two cities are also scheduled to go into effect on June 1.

While three cities have already passed their own bans, the Maine Legislature is considering a statewide ban, as LD 1550 would prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, though the bill has not received any action this session despite speculation that it would, and with the legislature set to adjourn on Wednesday, it seems unlikely that the statewide ban will be enacted.

Patrick Lagreid

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.