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There are many existing policy interventions from all levels of government focused on reducing youth access to tobacco products. These efforts include establishing a minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products, restricting sales locations, increasing the minimum price, and confining the sale of certain product classes by location or type of retailer.
To date, however, no jurisdiction in the United States has taken the next step and prohibited the sale of an entire class of tobacco products. This inaction is mainly due to the political challenges of adopting, implementing, and enforcing such a bold policy option. Any jurisdiction pursuing such bold sales restrictions on tobacco products will need to marshal significant community education and advocacy resources, conduct careful drafting to address the legal issues laid out in this Article, and should expect vocal opposition to their efforts.
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