On Monday January 22, 2018, at 4:00 PM, the City of Beverly Hills Health and Safety Commission will meet and discuss the sale of flavored tobacco products in Beverly Hills. The public is welcome to attend this meeting and provide comment on the topic.
Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer may be a good target to engage with since she believes a ban may cause unintended consequences and wants to make database based decisions and wants to know where these minors are getting their flavored tobacco products and whether it really is from the retail stores or from family members or other means.
Second time in a row, at the hearing tonight in Alameda the flavor ban item did NOT get addressed. They just took a vote to not deal with it due to time limitations on council meetings so 17 speakers who wanted to speak on the flavor ban issue can go home now.
That said the meeting was just a formality and I don't think they cared much for what we had to say. Vice Mayor Gold is clearly anti tobacco of all kinds. Even urged chew should be added and "every other form of tobacco regardless of how it's ingested". He also claimed vapor is just as bad as smoking. I think a few tens of thousands of his medical peers would disagree.
San Jose Update. On October 17th 2017 the city held a regular city council meeting where item 3.6 was the "Priority Setting Session". It would take a long time to explain what that is since it's sort of a multi-stage voting process for them to prioritize items for consideration so let's just leave it at "they're figuring out what awful things to add to their upcoming agendas".
Another day, another flavor ban. Berkeley, CA is introducing a flavor ban similar to San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro, and Contra Costa County. The first hearing on this matter will be on October 3rd at 4PM at the Berkeley City Hall in the Council Chambers, located at 2134 Martin Luther King JR. Way.
A short snippet of our Founder and President of Not Blowing Smoke, Stefan Didak, testifying at the Oakland Flavor Ban Hearing that was held on July 18th, 2017 after passionate anti-smoking/anti-vaping crusaders locked in their ideological war on smoking decided to call the entire vaping industry "big tobacco" and shaming anyone who dares to stand up for that in opposition. SHAME SHAME SHAME
The meeting over at the C3-PH today was a bit chaotic and I guess what they really mean with "informal" is lots of people all trying to have a say and things being a little... disorganized. There were about 40 or so people there in total and only two ladies from the department. I noticed in the round of quick introductions that none of the body parts (ALA, ACS, etc.) folks were there which I thought was a little odd unless they already had done all their groundwork with them. And, indeed, as I suspected, they have.
I suspect that any material and policy suggestions provided to you that refer to a prohibition of flavored e-liquid may be a little outdated. Based on the model ordinances, such as those created by Change Labs in Oakland, and often lobbied for by public health organizations, argue that a prohibition of flavored e-liquid is based on preventing youth access to these products.
Heads up everyone, Contra Costa County Health Services is having a meeting to discuss prohibitions on the sale of flavor tobacco products, which of course includes all forms of vapor products. They are looking for input on the matter. Below is the letter that they have sent out to retailers in the affected areas, which spans all of unincorporated Contra Costa County.