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The Buffalo News’ endorsement of a proposed statewide ban on flavored tobacco products (“Now’s the time to ban flavored tobacco,” Feb. 19, 2020) completely ignored the primary source of such products across Western New York.

Native American enterprises already attract 55% to 70% of the region’s non-Indian users of tobacco, flocking there to avoid New York’s exorbitant tobacco tax rates – $43.50 on a carton of cigarettes alone. State law and a unanimous Supreme Court decision notwithstanding, the tribes refuse to collect any such taxes, making their prices irresistibly lower.