We hope other cities will take notice and adopt similar legislation to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco without delay. Together we can keep more children from ever lighting up, which in turn will help them grow into healthier young adults.
Tobacco use has become a social justice issue, as the 44 million Americans who continue to smoke are increasingly among the least educated, and who can least afford to buy these products or obtain the best treatments for their cigarette addiction.
For every person who dies from smoking -- about 1,200 a day -- two youths or young adults become smokers. Ninety percent of these "replacement" smokers have their first cigarette before they are 18 years old. One of them could be your kid.