Flavored cigarette sales allowed again near some Chicago schools

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CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council passed a measure Wednesday to reopen flavored tobacco sales near schools.

Current law bans the sale of menthol and candy-flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of a school in the city.

But some gas station and convenience store owners complained the ban is forcing them to shut down because of lost revenue.

A compromise reached with Mayor Emanuel will allow the sale of flavored tobacco products near grade schools but keep the ban in place near high schools.