The city of Santa Cruz will likely be introducing an ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco and vapor products on November 13. While this has not been confirmed on the city's agenda yet there is a strong possibility this item will be on there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those of you who follow our regular updates on the flavor ban policies being introduced across the State of California will likely have noticed things are getting rather busy. Instead of putting out a CTA specific to the following areas we've decided to combine them into a single post.
On September 18th at 6PM the city council of Redondo Beach California will be discussing tobacco control plans such as limiting use in public places, options for retail tobacco control policies, multi-unit housing restrictions and tobacco retail licenses. There is no mention of a possible flavor ban component. However, these types of meetings often lead to it.
Vape shops, e-liquid manufacturers and all tobacco retail license (TRL) holders in Sacramento should attend a meeting with city officials that will be held on September 18th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the address listed below. The city will be presenting the proposed amendments to the licensing scheme, including the prohibition on the sales of flavored tobacco products, and are open to input from the affected businesses.
We would like to urge you to submit written comments to the city council at the contact details below to express your concerns about prohibiting the sale of flavored vapor products in the city and strongly recommend you attend the next meeting on September 10th at 9:00am.