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Proposed Duluth ordinance addresses racial targeting by tobacco industry

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A proposed Duluth city ordinance aims to address racial targeting by national tobacco companies. 

The American Lung Association detailed the ordinance and the organization's efforts Friday during a news conference. 

"The Common Sense" ordinance would restrict the access of menthol and other flavored tobacco products from where they are being sold now and only in adult-only tobacco shops.

Glenn E Simmons, Jr., an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School said they want to put a stop to methanol products from getting into children's hands.

"I mean when you think about it what sense does it make for you to go somewhere were you can have poison right next to food it's just a little asinine," Simmons Jr. said.

The American Lung Association said the tobacco industry markets 10 times more in black communities than in other communities, leading to increased chances of death from smoking-related diseases among black smokers than their white counterparts.

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