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Duluth City Council to debate flavored tobacco ordinance

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The Duluth city council will take up the debate on whether flavored tobacco products should be banned in convenience stores throughout the city. 

Backed by the American Lung Association and the Duluth School Board, the plan would mean flavored tobacco products could only be sold in businesses open to people 18 or older, like smoke shops.

During the first reading of the ordinance in January, convenience store operators spoke out saying the move would be detrimental to their business, potentially causing layoffs or even store closures.

People behind the proposal say flavored tobaccos are targeted specifically to young people, and moving them to 18-plus stores would limit a young person's ability to get them.

The council could vote on the matter during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday or they could table the vote for a later date.

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