Council Considers Snubbing Out Flavored Cigarettes

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    The New York City Council is considering whether to outlaw sales of all flavored tobacco products — going a few steps beyond a federal ban.

    The Food and Drug Administration recently banned manufacturing, importing, marketing and distribution of cigarettes made to taste like candy, fruit and cloves.

    The City Council is voting Wednesday on a bill that would include all flavored tobacco products, like small cigars and chewing tobacco. The law would ban sales in New York City.

    The FDA is looking at whether to add more of those products to its ban.

    Officials and health experts say flavored products are more appealing to young people and can hook children on smoking and tobacco at young ages.