In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, electronic cigarette pods are displayed for sale at a shop, in Biddeford. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

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A recent Maine survey has revealed that most Mainers approve of ending the sale of flavored tobacco products in our state.

A ban on flavored tobacco products will help prevent Maine’s youth from starting smoking and later becoming addicted to the toxic ingredients. Most Mainers agree that our children’s overall health and well-being far outweigh the potential financial benefits gained from the sale of flavored tobacco products. The proposed ban includes menthol cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other candy-flavored tobacco products that target our youth and other vulnerable populations.

People should reach out to their state legislators and to Gov. Janet Mills and let them know that the future of our children matters and that they should support  LD 1550, An Act to End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products.

As a concerned Mainer and former community educator, I realize the importance of sharing the message to stop the sale of flavored tobacco products in our state.

Jo-Ellen Kelley