Politicians Want Cali Flavour Ban

Posted 3rd December 2018 by Dave Cross
Politicians in California are cloaking themselves in the outpourings from the Centres for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration to push for a total ban on eliquid flavours in California. The six legislators behind the move are proposing to implement stricter online selling regulations and end vaping in the name of protecting the children.

“Study after study shows flavoured tobacco products turn youths into users,” says the shameless sextet, who all consider vaping to be tobacco product use. “Other federal research has consistently shown that the majority of youths and young adults say flavours are the primary reason for their use of a tobacco product, and 80 percent of young people who have ever used tobacco say they started with a flavoured tobacco product.”

Those behind the proposal:

  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Senator Steve Glazer
  • Senator Anthony J. Portantino
  • Senator Connie M. Leyva
  • Senator Scott Wiener
  • Assembly member Kevin McCarty

“We must stop the appalling epidemic of e-cigarette use by youths,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “Enticed by fruit, candy and other appealing flavours, high school and middle school students throughout the U.S. are vaping in record numbers. The surge has reversed the decline in underage use of all tobacco products.”

“Flavoured e-cigarettes are luring young people into a nicotine addiction that can lead to a lifetime of harmful health effects,” said Senator Glazer, D-Orinda. “This needs to stop before we get another generation hooked on nicotine and tobacco.”

“One of the mayors in my district recently asked me to help stem the vaping crisis, and as a dad of a teenage daughter I am very pleased to join my colleague Jerry Hill on this important public health effort,” said Senator Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge.

“Flavoured tobacco products are extremely appealing to our youth, but we know these products are addicting and can negatively impact brain development during crucial years,” said Assembly member McCarty, D-Sacramento. “California must set new standards to protect our youth.”

The action is being supported by:

  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • The American Heart Association
  • The American Lung Association
  • The American Cancer Society
  • The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council

Hill added: “By banning retail sales of flavoured tobacco products and setting stringent age verification requirements for online sales of tobacco products, we can prevent a new generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.”

The bill is due to be presented this week.

 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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