SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Concerned that children are increasingly being attracted to new forms of flavored tobacco, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, has recently backed a bill that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Illinois.
“We are seeing new tobacco products in the market that have flavors similar to candy,” Mussman said. “With colorful packages and fruity flavors, this design seems to be attracting children and younger audiences. We are making an effort to stop this trend before it gets out of hand.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 3883 would update state law to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, such as the liquid for vaping devices. Distributors found in violation of the proposal would be subject to having their license suspended by the Department of Revenue. The introduced bill comes in the wake of growing concern over the health risks of vaping devices which may be more attractive to children and teenagers due to their flavors.
“Important strides, such as raising the tobacco age to 21, have been made in recent years to cut the use of harmful tobacco products,” Mussman said. “New products will continue to come to the market, and it’s important that we continue to review how these products can impact our youth.”