For the past year the American Heart Association along with their partners, including The University of Kansas Cancer Center, have been exploring opportunities to address the youth vaping epidemic through local policy changes that will eliminate the sale of all flavored tobacco products. One in four teens use vaping products. The most popular flavors are fruit and mint/menthol. Restricting the sale of these flavored products can prevent Kansas City metro teens from forming a habit that will lead to nicotine addiction. The ordinances that are currently being considered will focus on all retailers and all tobacco products. The penalty for non-compliance will fall solely on the retailer and will not include purchase or possession.
Director, Government Relations
University of Kansas Cancer Center