03.20.2019

Sacramento City Hall holds the line in tobacco industry’s fight against flavor ban

Sacramento City Hall holds the line in tobacco industry’s fight against flavor ban

Sacramento is poised to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products – including menthol cigarettes and e-cigarette cartridges – after elected officials Tuesday rejected a counter-proposal from the tobacco industry.

The counter-proposal, presented to the City Council’s Law and Legislation committee Tuesday by former council member Rob Fong, included a list of new requirements that would have made it harder for shops to sell tobacco products to minors instead of banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products.

Here is the link to listen to the full length of meeting at Sacramento City Hall on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 posted at: http://sacramento.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=25&clip_id=4362

Here is the link to listen to the NPR/Capitol Public Radio story featuring Dr. Valerie Yerger (licensed naturopathic doctor and Associate Professor in Health Policy and Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education at the University of California, San Francisco) in opposition to the proposal submitted to City Hall on March 19, 2019 posted at: 

http://www.capradio.org/articles/2019/03/19/sacramento-council-rejects-tobacco-industry-plan-will-vote-on-flavored-tobacco-ban-next-week/