The ban on flavored tobacco in Multnomah County is temporarily suspended

The ban was originally scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2024, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the State of Oregon suspended Multnomah County’s ban on the retail sale of cigarettes and tobacco tar products.

According to a recent op report, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the State of Oregon has temporarily halted Multnomah County’s ban on the retail sale of cigarettes and tobacco tar products, which was scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2024.

 

Earlier this month, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge denied the tobacco companies’ request to block the ordinance from going into effect. But the companies are appealing the decision.

 

In court papers, cigarette retailers have argued that a ban would irreparably harm their sales, leading to employee layoffs and significant revenue losses. They said that once the rule takes effect, some businesses will have to shut down.

 

Multnomah County is the second district in Oregon to ban the sale of cigarette products. Neighboring Washington County first introduced such a rule, but it was overturned by a different circuit court judge last year.

 

Health officials say these retail bans are aimed at avoiding cigarette use by children and adolescents, which can lead to lifelong addiction to nicotine.