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About Stefan Didak

Stefan switched from smoking to vaping in 2012 and has been a vocal and active supporter and advocate for vapor products and tobacco harm reduction and is frequently seen testifying in front of state and local legislators and policy makers. Outside of Stefan’s legislative and PR efforts, including the creation of the #notblowingsmoke website and movement, he is mostly known for working out of the world’s most famous home office. Stefan has been featured in many articles and interviews on the subject of vapor products, electronic cigarettes, and harm reduction, including professor Stanton Glantz’ Tobacco Control blog at the University of California, San Francisco.

Alameda City Flavor Ban

By |2018-10-29T16:29:18+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Call To Action, Flavor Bans|Tags: , , , |

San Pablo on November 5th, Marin County on November 6th, and not Alameda City on November 7th. Three days in a row, three flavor bans in a row. The city of Alameda is introducing its ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco (including vapor) products at their 7PM meeting on November 7th. It's item 6-B on the agenda so you might want to plan for a long evening. The city allocated an hour for this item and it's near the end of the list.

Marin County Flavor Ban Call To Action

By |2018-10-26T04:29:31+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Call To Action, Flavor Bans|Tags: , , , , |

The Marin County Supervisors will be reading the flavor ban ordinance by title only in the upcoming meeting on October 30th with the intention of having a merit hearing on the ordinance scheduled for November 6th, at 10:30AM. It is of the utmost importance that retailers and consumers are present at this meeting to express their concerns about this ordinance. Actions and votes are likely to be taken at this meeting and things may move very rapidly from that point forward.

San Pablo Flavor Ban Call to Action

By |2018-10-26T04:20:15+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Call To Action, Flavor Bans|Tags: , , , , |

The City of San Pablo is going to continue the process of discussing the flavor ban ordinance at their November 5th meeting at 6PM. City staff is expecting that the City Council will be taking action on this item during this meeting so your presence and engagement is strongly recommended. The staff report and agenda will be published on the city's website by 6PM on November 2nd.

AATCLC admits to exceeding lobbying restrictions

By |2018-10-25T16:09:35+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy Views, Flavor Bans, Not Blowing Smoke|Tags: , , , , , |

Over the past two years, AATCLC has expanded beyond educational materials and charitable work. Ms. McGruder, on behalf of AATCLC, has openly asserted ownership over the recent effort in Sacramento, praising the Law and Legislation Committee's adoption of "our ordinance to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products".

Truth Initiative – Inspiring People to Start Smoking

By |2018-10-25T02:32:53+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy Views|Tags: , |

Jeff Tomsic, the director of "This Is Not Happening," "Tag," and "The Degenerates" was a recent guest on a YouTube show called "The Church of What's Happening Now" and explains how, while working on Truth Initiative commercials, ended up becoming addicted to smoking.

Sacramento CA Flavor Ban Hearing

By |2018-10-17T04:58:39+00:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Call To Action, Flavor Bans|Tags: , , , , |

It's been a while since this started and if you need to catch up a bit, feel free to examine the following posts on the subject. After the retailer meeting last month it's time for the proposed ordinance to be handled by the Law and Legislation Committee on October 23rd at 3pm. For those who want to catch up on the latest intel and information, need additional insights into talking points, etc. please get to the front of the building between 2pm and 2:15pm.

Los Angeles County Flavor Ban Meeting October 2

By |2018-09-20T20:41:20+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Call To Action, Flavor Bans, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be holding a meeting on October 2 at 9:30am to discuss directing the county staff to write a comprehensive tobacco control ordinance that includes a flavor ban component.

Santa Cruz Update

By |2018-09-19T03:35:50+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Flavor Bans, News|Tags: , , , |

Not much to update on regarding the Santa Cruz meeting with retailers. Thanks to those who made it out there! Staff did not receive much direction on what or how to craft the ordinance (which can be good in a lot of cases since it means they are still open to additional input beyond today's short session. There's also no known timeline on when they would be done with it or even introduce it.

Redondo Beach Update

By |2018-09-19T03:28:53+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Flavor Bans, News|Tags: , , , |

Redondo Beach Recap: City likely looking at directing staff to come up with a tobacco retail license (TRL) scheme but did not go into any details on parts of the not clearly defined desires for one. Redondo Beach goes back on the monitoring list to get our eyes on their proposed TRL language and our ears to the ground before it gets out of hand.

Sacramento Flavor Ban Date Announcement

By |2018-09-19T01:40:37+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Call To Action, Flavor Bans, News|Tags: , , , |

The retailer meeting between city staff and the tobacco and vapor retailers has just ended. Excellent points were raised by everyone and while there was a level of chaos in a meeting it was good to see about 100 people attending it to voice their concerns. The ordinance is currently drafted and will be proposed by the city as staff will be directed to finalize it on OCTOBER 23RD.

Sacramento Flavor Ban Calls

By |2018-09-17T23:29:07+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Call To Action, Flavor Bans, News|Tags: , , |

We need constituents to light up the phone lines and express their concerns about having to go outside of the city to purchase the very products that keep you from smoking. If possible we suggest you start making these calls starting tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th, as it will coincide with a meeting with retailers that will be going on.