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Duluth ordinance restricting sale of flavored tobacco products to kick in June 12

June 11, 2018

Duluth News Tribune,

May 27, 2018-

More than 80 local retailers will wind down sales of menthol cigarettes this week, as new restrictions on flavored tobacco products in Duluth take effect next week. Starting June 12, adults-only smoke shops will be the sole retailers allowed to sell such products, widely regarded as a gateway to nicotine addiction for young people.

Andy Verhel, owner of the Piedmont Milkhouse, said he aims to sell off his inventory of flavored cigarettes before the deadline arrives or risk having to eat the loss. He explained that as a one-store Duluth operation, he doesn’t have any other outlet for the products once new local restrictions kick in. Verhel expects to have no problem running through his inventory of more popular smokes but acknowledged that deep discounts may be required to move some of the slower-selling brands off his shelves before Friday. “If I don’t sell them, they do me no good, because I don’t smoke,” he said.

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