Another short notice one. Windsor California is having a flavor ban hearing tomorrow, February the 21st at 6 PM at the Civic Center Council Chambers, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Building 400, Windsor, CA 95492.
This is a short notice immediate call to action for the city of San Pablo, CA which tomorrow night, February the 20th, 2018 at 6PM will be hearing an item on the agenda that seeks to restrict and prohibit the sales of flavored tobacco products (including vapor products).
Technically, when reading the new and somewhat improved position statement, you could easily argue that ACS will support your quit attempts using e-cigarettes while they ensure they are taxed to the point of industry destruction, only available to those 21 years or over, are only available in tobacco flavors, and may require you to go through extreme lengths to obtain one. Furthermore, the new position and encouragement for the FDA to continue regulations to the fullest extent imply that ACS supports products that were available before the predicate date of 2007 while still funding and engaging on fear mongering in public regarding the product category in an attempt to dissuade smokers from trying electronic cigarettes.
It has been brought to our attention that several of you out there have contributed to third party fundraising efforts that implied your hard earned dollars would go to fight flavor bans (i.e. prohibition efforts on the sales of flavored "tobacco products").
Here is a quick update on the flavor ban "study session" in Richmond which was held on January 30th, 2018. Kari Hess and I were there earlier tonight. Parts of the hearing were typical. Some parts were a little less so since it was meant to get indications on positions of various city council members.
The Richmond City Council will be conducting a study session to discuss policy options regarding amendments to the existing Tobacco Retail License (TRL) scheme. These amendments include a flavor ban component. According to the agenda item (K-2) we may have a reasonable shot at educating officials.
As you can read from a piece that was just published, titled "Supervisor hits hold button on flavored cigarette ban" the County of San Mateo has temporarily postponed the agenda item on the prohibition of the sales of flavored tobacco, including vapor products and electronic cigarettes.
Today at the Health & Safety Commission meeting in Beverly Hills CA the decision was made to instruct the city staff to start writing a flavor ban ordinance and to engage with local retailers and community on the issue and seek public input at a next hearing (February) at which a draft of the ordinance to prohibit the sales of flavored tobacco products will likely be presented.
Last week the Appropriations committee took up AB1097 (introduced in early 2017) which prohibits the use of tobacco products (under CA law that includes vapor products) on state beaches and and in state parks. The vote was 12-5 along typical party lines (all D's in favor, all R's opposed). The bill has been referred to the suspense file (a temporary holding place to determine and weigh the cost involved). We do expect it'll come out of the suspense file and head into the next committee from there.
On Tuesday the 23rd of January 2018 at 9:00AM the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is looking to introduce an ordinance to prohibit the sale or offer for sale of flavored tobacco products and prohibit pharmacies from selling or offering for sale any tobacco products, and amending Section 4.96.30 of Chapter 4.96 to clarify the definition of “tobacco products”, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
On Monday January 22, 2018, at 4:00 PM, the City of Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission will meet and discuss the sale of flavored tobacco products in Beverly Hills. The public is welcome to attend this meeting and provide comment on the topic.
Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer may be a good target to engage with since she believes a ban may cause unintended consequences and wants to make database based decisions and wants to know where these minors are getting their flavored tobacco products and whether it really is from the retail stores or from family members or other means.