A Phoenix, Ariz. city councilman has announced plans to introduce an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the city.

This week, Councilman Michael Nowakowski told KTAR that the ordinance’s goal is to protect children from exposure to flavored e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars, and flavored smokeless tobacco by making them illegal to sell. “We’re not trying to get rid of cigarettes and all e-cigarettes, we’re just trying to get rid of the flavored products that kids are getting hooked on, and that’s what it’s all about,” Nowakowski said.

He has not yet set a date for when it would be introduced to the full council.

News of the potential ban comes amidst several cities and counties getting sued by the manufacturers of flavored tobacco products for such bans, including Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Philadelphia and Edina, Minn.

Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States, with a population of over 1.74 million people.

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