The San Pablo city council meeting just concluded with one council member in opposition to the idea of prohibiting the sales of flavored tobacco products in the city. This means staff has now received direction on writing a city-wide no-exemptions style flavor ban that includes menthol. When finished this ordinance will be introduced in a future city council meeting for its first reading.
One speaker was in opposition and tried to find arguments of common sense with the council members. The rest of the speakers were there to support it, of course. A few interesting observations; one supporter used the words “stigmatizing narrative” which seems like a rather off-script usage that we have not heard before in the pre-scripted testimony that these little tobacco control minions regurgitate. One council member felt that as an elected official they are guardians of MORALITY.
The other really noticeable thing was that one of the council members used the word INSIDIOUS several times to describe vapor products. Then again, he also said that if it was up to him he’d ban ALL forms of tobacco. I guess some folks with a dictatorial streak and desire seek out these pitty-paying council jobs.