Central Falls bans flavored tobacco, tightens laws

By News Staff

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Central Falls is tightening up its tobacco laws to help prevent young people from picking up the habit.

An ordinance signed by Mayor Diossa Tuesday is trying to stop stores from targeting kids by making it illegal to sell flavored tobacco and offer coupons and discounts.

Even though Rhode Island has one of the lowest youth smoking rates in the country, experts say kids are still at risk.

“The tobacco industry hones in on youth… to make sure they addict people as young as possible…so they become lifelong consumers for the tobacco industry.”

The city will also start charging a $100 fee to stores that sell tobacco. Those funds will then go towards compliance checks by the Central Falls Police Department.

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