Providence bans flavored tobacco products

A ban on certain flavored tobacco products has gone into effect in Providence. On Thursday, Rhode Island’s capital city prohibited the sale of flavored cigarettes and cigars in an effort to prevent children and teenagers from using the products. City officials said tobacco companies often market fruit-, chocolate-, or candy-flavored tobacco products to young smokers. The rules do not apply to the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes. The new law also prohibits retailers from accepting tobacco coupons or offering multipack discounts.