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Tobacco Companies Hit a Supreme Court Hurdle

As sales of flavored tobacco products surged in 2019 and 2020, certain states started to take major measures to curb their image as a “less gross cigarette” and appeal to young adults. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill banning almost all flavored tobacco products in 2020 and, last November, voters upheld it by ballot vote.

While plans to institute it have stalled, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also put out a proposal that would prohibit menthol-flavored cigarettes (other flavored cigarettes are already banned since 2009) and flavors other than tobacco for cigars. 

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