Attorneys representing the cigar industry have asked the court to let them have until April 1, 2024 to respond to the government’s appeal. The government is opposed, allegedly interested in having oral arguments heard on the appeal in May.
While Columbus’ existing flavored tobacco ban will no longer be enforceable as of April 24, the fight over the law may not be done.
In a win for tobacco stores and consumers, local cities and counties will not be able to introduce their own laws stricter than state law. This bill was created in direct response to the city of Columbus banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, a ban that is no longer legal.
Generational tobacco ban proposals are coming to America.
The last time Florida changed state laws regarding banning smoking at public beaches and parks, cigars were exempt. This time, there’s no cigar carve out.
Attorneys general from 18 states, two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have sent the Biden administration a letter urging the White House to quickly act on banning the sales of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Legislators have considered removing the exemption every year since 2006.