“We’re making an attempt to maintain one other era of individuals from beginning to smoke cigarettes,” Russ stated.
“That is how the tobacco corporations get youngsters began smoking, as a result of it is simpler to smoke a menthol cigarette or different flavored cigarette than only a common one. That is how youngsters get began on these things,” she stated.
As phrase of the proposed ordinance has unfold by means of the native enterprise group, Russ stated it has generated what she known as “loads of blowback.”
Scott and Sue Hansen of Hansen’s Auto Service of Duluth penned a letter to the Metropolis Council, saying: “As a small, unbiased, regionally owned comfort retailer and repair station, we strongly oppose this ordinance. The regionally owned C-shops on this space have been decimated by the inflow of Kwik Journey shops to the world, and lots of have already closed.
“By banning the gross sales of those tobacco merchandise, this ordinance would take away one other income stream from the remaining small unbiased shops and symbolize a critical monetary burden probably leading to extra retailer closures,” they warned.
Russ stated she just lately met with a few dozen retailers to listen to their considerations. However she stated these considerations have to be weighed towards the general public well being menace flavored tobacco poses to younger individuals.
Russ famous that African American and Native American communities have been hit particularly arduous by menthol cigarettes.
On Friday, Jan. 12, Courtney Clark, a public well being and psychology scholar on the College of Minnesota Duluth, took half in an American Lung Affiliation press convention designed to attract public consideration to the difficulty.
In a press release, Clark stated: “Menthol has been marketed to the African-American group for over 50 years, and consequently, almost ninety % of African-American people who smoke use menthol merchandise. We will sit idly by and hope this malicious concentrating on by Massive Tobacco ends, or we will take initiative to make it possible for youngsters do not have quick access to those lethal merchandise.”
Russ stated she shares the priority that minority populations have been focused by menthol cigarette advertising campaigns, however she harassed the proposed ordinance just isn’t meant to be a paternalistic measure. She famous that each the Duluth Human Rights Fee and the Indigenous Fee have come out strongly in favor of the proposed restrictions.
The proposed ordinance would require two public readings earlier than the Duluth Metropolis Council can vote on it, doubtless at its Feb. 12 assembly.
If accepted, the ordinance would go into impact one hundred twenty…