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Court upholds NYC flavored-tobacco ban

Feb. 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- New York City officials say they applaud a U.S. appeals court decision upholding the ban of the sale of flavored-tobacco products in the city.

"The decision upholding the ban on flavored-tobacco in New York City is an important win for the health of New Yorkers, especially our youth," Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City health commissioner, said in a statement.

"Flavored-tobacco products are marketed to youth, their packaging resembling that of candy and gum, and young people are more likely than adults to try flavored-tobacco products. This law, one of the first of its kind in the country, ensures that youth will be protected from these harmful products."

New York City banned the sale of flavored-tobacco in 2009 except in a tobacco bar.

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