South Portland is moving closer toward banning the sale of flavored tobacco.
City councilors on Tuesday night voted 5 to 2 in favor of the ordinance, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Many are concerned the products pose a risk to children, with critics saying advertising is directed at kids.
A South Portland parent, who is also a physician, said the products target kids.
“With over 15,000 flavors of different nicotine products, kids are being directly marketed and not understanding both the short and long-term risks of using these devices,” Tara Pelletier said.
Some opposed to the ban cited the potential impact on businesses and adult tobacco users.
The council will have a final vote on the ban at an upcoming meeting.