In Chicago, Emanuel’s 2014 budget includes an increase on cigarette taxes of 75 cents a pack, which would give the city the highest combined state and local tax in the country. That budget will also get a vote during Tuesday’s council meeting.
The ordinance on menthol and flavored tobacco products would expand the school zones where sales are outlawed by five times.
“We know that adolescent smokers use flavored products,” Choucair said. “That’s how Big Tobacco gets these kids addicted. They lure them in with these colorful packing and sweet flavors.”