Hoping to curb the appeal of tobacco products that they consider candy-coated starter kits for future addicts, Santa Clara County supervisors gave more than a dozen retailers in areas outside city limits three months to clear their shelves of the cherry, chocolate and other flavored products popular among young smokers. The ban is the first of its kind in the western United States according to county staff, who said they are following in the footsteps of New York City, Chicago and Providence, Rhode Island.

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