Minneapolis Working to Restrict Sales of Menthol Cigarettes

San Francisco and Chicago have similar policies


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The sale of menthol cigarettes in Minneapolis may soon be restricted to adult-only tobacco shops.

The city has an ordinance that limits other flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco shops.

Council Member Cam Gordon says restricting menthols is the next step.

Anti-smoking advocates say a mint-flavored compound in the cigarettes that creates a cooling sensation makes it easier for teenagers to start smoking.

A public hearing for a proposed ordinance to restrict methanol sales is scheduled for July 24.

San Francisco and Chicago have similar policies.

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