Sacramento County bans flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and menthol

Updated, January 11, 2022

After an hour-long debate and public discussion Tuesday night, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to ban sales of flavored tobacco, including menthol.

Here’s what’s banned from July 2022: candy-flavored electronic cigarettes, shisha tobacco, menthol cigarettes, and sweet cigars often used to smoke cannabis.

The new law only affects sales in unincorporated areas of the county. The city of Sacramento enacted a similar ban two years ago, and Elk Grove followed suit last year. Other towns in the county are expected to create their own laws against flavored tobacco.

County businesses have six months to discharge their current product offering or face fines of up to $ 25,000 in the future, under the new law.

The county’s move comes months before Californians voted on a statewide initiative, which could uphold a previous ban signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020.

– Kris Hooks

Original story, published September 14, 2021

Supervisors in Sacramento County could discuss a ban on flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarette juice and menthol cigarettes, by the end of this year.

Supervisor Patrick Kennedy joined health advocates and doctors on Thursday in presenting the proposal.

“Ending the sale of all candy flavored tobacco products, including menthol menthol, will save lives,” he said. “And that is why we will do all we can to pass the ordinance that I am proposing to county supervisors with a sense of urgency.”

A flavored tobacco ban is in effect in the City of Sacramento 2020. It requires retailers to “stop ordering and restocking flavored tobacco products” or risk having their tobacco retail license suspended or revoked. The ban applies to cigars, cigarillos, liquid vape and shisha tobacco.

City council member Eric Guerra said it was difficult to enforce the rule as flavored tobacco sales are still permitted in the unincorporated county.

“All of the great work that the City of Sacramento is trying to do to prevent the influence of tobacco on young children is being played down or diminished by someone moving their retail license and crossing the street,” he said. -he declares.

The city was unable to provide the number of business licenses that were affected by the ban.

Health advocates and pediatricians say flavored spray juice is designed to make teens addicted to nicotine. An analysis of UC San Diego state data found that in Sacramento County, 90% of children who smoke use a flavored product.

“Nicotine use in children and adolescents alters the way their brains work and can interfere with attention and learning,” said Dr. Lesley Desmond, pediatrician at UC Davis Health. “And [it] puts them in place for an increased risk of cancer later on.

Manufacturers of e-cigarette devices and liquids have come under legal criticism in recent years for their marketing to children, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tried to quell this trend.

California passed a ban on flavored tobacco in 2020, but it never went into effect because tobacco companies filed a referendum, which will be on the ballot in 2022.

Dr Lynn Silver, senior advisor to the health advocacy organization Public Health Institute, says local jurisdictions have had to take the issue into their own hands. More than 100 cities and counties in California have adopted bans on flavored tobacco, according to the Tobacco Free Kids campaign.

“The strategy that has worked for tobacco control is a combination of raising public awareness of the importance and death of tobacco, as well as supporting and funding community health organizations and others …” she said said.

Advocates also point to the targeted marketing of menthol cigarettes to African Americans as the reason for banning all flavored tobacco products.

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