On Friday, Maine State Senator Jill Duson, D-Cumberland, filed a bill that seeks to band the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide.
Maine has become a hotspot for bans on the sale of flavored tobacco recently, as three of the state’s four most populated cities have passed their own bans. South Portland just passed its ban about a week-and-a-half ago, while Bangor passed a ban in August, Brunswick passed its ban in April, and Portland passed a ban in February. In a statement, Duson cited the desire to protect children from the dangers of tobacco and vaping products as being the driving force behind the bill.
The Maine State Legislature has already begun its session, but the bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.