The city council of Saint Paul, the state capital of Minnesota, has approved an ordinance to limit the number of tobacco and vapour outlets in the city by capping the number of available licences.
Saint Paul has already banned flavoured products, while other local authorities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are implementing some of the harshest restrictions on vapour products in the US, including retail channel restrictions.
Ten Minnesota cities have now passed ordinances joining the nationwide Tobacco 21 movement “to prevent nicotine from getting in the hands of our children”.
Meanwhile, latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that smoking has fallen to its lowest rate in the US since statistics have been taken.
About 14% of US adults were smokers in 2017, according to data extracted from the national health survey, in which 27,000 Americans were interviewed. That’s down from around 16% the previous year and 20% a decade ago.
These – along with details of legal changes and proposals in 16 states, Washington DC and at federal level – were among 55 stories published last month by ECigIntelligence to subscribers through our daily Live Alerts.
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