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.
On the same day we were able to deal with the flavor ban in Oakley, but earlier in the morning, the Marin County flavor ban hearing got postponed until a later date. A date that hasn't been set yet. Watch this space because it won't be going away but it will likely incorporate several exemptions or grandfathering clauses for existing businesses to continue doing business as usual.
The City Council meeting in Albany CA has been moderately hopeful based on the concerns of several of the city council members who were not ready to move forward on a flavor ban policy. Mayor McQuaid and Council Member Nass wished to move forward and believe there is support in the city for a flavor ban ordinance but the rest of the city council wasn't so eager.
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.
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.