Mayor signs 2 bills restricting sales of flavored cigarillos, e-cigarettes in Philly

Pat Loeb
December 18, 2019 - 2:52 pm
Mayor Jim Kenney signs 2 bills designed to protect teenagers from the lure of nicotine.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Wednesday signed two bills designed to protect teenagers from the lure of nicotine, and a group of young people who lobbied for the measures was there to watch.

Health Commissioner Tom Farley invited students from the Advocacy Institute to get a ringside seat for the bill signing. After all, they'd worked on getting the measures passed in City Council. 

Jameen Wilford, 17 said they did their homework, studying how flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes are marketed.

"We got flavors like lime and lemonade that are aimed directly at kids, and also the products are placed near candies," Wilford said. 

And then they deployed their research in Council.

"We want people to be aware of what tobacco and Juul are doing to our teens," Wilford added.

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The bills passed in one of Council's final sessions. One prohibits the sale of flavored cigarillos anywhere in Philadelphia that will take effect in 60 days. The other is more complicated, prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in stores that allow minors. 

Store owners will have 90 days to comply with that one.

"It's a win for us," Wilford said.