May 23, 2019

Bill resurfaces to require cigarette ingredient list

AUGUSTA — After being shelved for a year, a bill requiring tobacco companies to disclose the ingredients of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco comes up for debate Wednesday in the Maine Senate.

Sen. Peter Mills’ bill would require tobacco manufacturers to disclose the levels of 15 ingredients, such as cancer-causing arsenic, cadmium, lead and benzene. Reports would have to be filed annually with state health officials.

Supporters say disclosures would help smokers make healthier choices on which brands to choose and promote health by influencing some smokers to quit.

Mills’ bill was held over by the Legislature during last year’s session. Mills, R-Skowhegan, said it will come up for debate at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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