Marin County, another municipality on the long list recently published by Not Blowing Smoke, has decided to move forward with the introduction of a flavor ban. Introduction of this ordinance is scheduled for September 11th at 9:30am in San Rafael.
Last night at the SF-DPH meeting a few things got confirmed. In no particular order: Sales of 0-nic products are allowed and the retailer can sell nicotine separately that can then be applied by the customer. Note, do not mix that in the store or do it for them. (Note: this is confirmed to be fine in SF, Beverly Hills, on the other hand, is a completely different story)
The city clerk in Sacramento confirmed that the flavor ban item will NOT be on the agenda for Aug 28th. We are calling off the rally but please watch this space for updates. No new date has been provided. The language of the ordinance is not ready yet.
As you can see from the video, Amber decided to mention our opposition and call us "a page out of the Philip Morris playbook". Which does not surprise us considering that ideological anti-tobacco crusaders will always try and smear any opposition as being the work of "evil big tobacco companies".
The Saratoga City Council voted unanimously last night to direct staff to prepare a flavor ban ordinance but left out menthol specifically. Another interesting aspect of this case is that there was a discussion about the possibility of banning vapor DEVICES in the city.
At 7pm on August 21 the city council of Half Moon Bay will be considering TWO ordinances that cover a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products as well as a range of other new policies. Vapers and business owners are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. You can file your public comments with the City Clerk.
“The ban on the sale is not just limited to nicotine,” said Keith Sterling, public information manager for the City of Beverly Hills. “For example, any electronic cigarette that emits a taste or aroma other than that of tobacco would also qualify under the restrictions. So, candy flavored e-cigarettes, for example, would also be restricted.”
DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE A VAPER! But if you think you can stomach this and if you love paying attention to detail then certainly this will be 10 minutes of your life you'll never get back. Ever. Again. The future of flavor bans is pretty much explained in it.
Thank you, Councilmember Kinney, for your position and common sense approach to preserving the freedom of choice for adults. This is a very sharp contrast to the mayhem, ignorance, and desire to legislate behavior and morality in Beverly Hills!