Committee clears bill seeking to ban flavored tobacco, nicotine

E-cigarette flavors on a shelf at a vape shop.

The House Health and Human Services Policy Committee cleared legislation seeking to ban flavored nicotine and tobacco.

Rep. Laurie Halverson, DFL-Eagan, sponsored HF 3032 to “fight the youth tobacco epidemic” in Minnesota, citing kid-friendly nicotine vape flavors such as Skittles and cotton candy.

“Flavors are luring millions of kids into addiction, and keeping communities of color addicted to deadly menthol cigarettes,” she said.

The Committee heard public testimony on Wednesday.

Lori DeFrance, MD and president of the American Academy of Pediatric Minnesota Chapter, said that minors are vulnerable to addiction because their brains are still developing.