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.
San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa yesterday (Jan. 22) said he made a “rookie supervisor’s mistake” in not seeking feedback from shop owners who would be affected by a proposed ban on the sale of flavored tobacco in unincorporated areas of the county such as North Fair Oaks.
Canepa said he will request to continue today’s discussion of whether the county ought to ban the sale of flavored tobacco to a future meeting in order to speak with opponents of the ban and work out a compromise of some sort.
Canepa, a former Daly City councilman who was elected in November 2016 to represent the north county, said he has been working on the ban for months with county health officials, but “put the cart before the horse” and didn’t meet with the small business owners who would be greatly affected by the ban.
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