Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

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Update by edhat staff
December 12, 2019
 

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors have approved a ban on flavored tobacco in unincorporated areas.

Four supervisors approved the ban with Peter Adam of the Fourth District dissenting.

The amended ordinance to Licensure to Tobacco Retailers includes requirements to prevent youth exposure to tobacco, including electronic smoking devices, also known as vaping, and flavored tobacco products. It also prohibits mail-order deliveries, coupons for discounted tobacco, and small pack sales.

The legal smoking age to buy tobacco is 21 years in the State of California.

Final approval of the ordinance is scheduled for December 17 and could take effect within 90 days if approved.


County Supervisors Consider Flavored Tobacco Ban

By edhat staff
December 10, 2019

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors are meeting Tuesday to discuss a ban on flavored tobacco.

The ban will only be effective in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The proposed ordinance or County Code Chapter 37A - Licensure to Tobacco Retailers will include language that provides strengthened public health requirements for tobacco retailers in an effort to prevent youth exposure to tobacco, including electronic smoking devices and flavored tobacco products.

"The amendment provides a multi-pronged approach to address underage nicotine use and regulate businesses to prevent youth access to nicotine and tobacco products. The amendment includes language to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, prohibit small and inexpensive pack sizes, prohibit coupons that allow a consumer to purchase a tobacco product for less than the full retail price, prohibit the sale of any tobacco product to a consumer through a multiple-package discount or otherwise provide any such product to a consumer for less than the full retail price. This item will prohibit the mail-order, home delivery of tobacco products to consumers," according to the county's website.

The City of Santa Maria has already approved a similar ban.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports 42 people have died from complications with vaping prompting many local governments to take action.

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Flicka Dec 11, 2019 10:51 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Kids are dying from these vaping devices. Sure, they told us almost 60 years ago tobacco could cause lung cancer and heart problems. So, any of us smoking knew the risks, sort of like playing Russian roulette. But it didn't happen as fast as these vaping children are getting sick, and dying. I know a drug and alcohol counselor who said people told him it's harder to quit smoking than quitting heroin. Sure, kids can get the mail order ones, they don't check IDs. Anything to prevent children getting addicted and dying is a good thing.

pstarSR Dec 11, 2019 11:35 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

no they actually are NOT "dying" from these. this is the issue other are pissed off about and so am I, I dont vape. But the ILLEGAL BOOTLEG BACKYARD vape products that DID cause the illness's are being lumped into this. where the flavors have NOTHING to do with the illness. the flavors have everything to do with peoples personal choice, and if the rules are applied or not. 1. why are underage kids buying these when they are 18+ 2. alcohol is flavored just the same 3. so as adults we are subject to only " legal " flavors of alcohol/ tobacco/ or anything else someone deems "illicit". Stop spreading rumors, this ban has NOTHING to do with the Illness's caused by Vitamin E acetate included in bootleg THC cartridges.

PitMix Dec 12, 2019 11:39 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Zero, if everything we see is just online media hype paid for by lobbyists, wouldn't your comment be the ultimate in fake news? If you can't trust anything, that means we definitely can't take anything you say as the truth. I don't see how your nihilistic approach solves anything.

forrestmv18 Dec 13, 2019 08:57 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Smoking with teens is the lowest in history. Victory! Vaping commercial products has zero health risk. Victory! Vaping homemade concoctions can be deleterious and yet the number of problems compared to the number of users is so small it is laughable. Pot is far more dangerous than commercial vaping products and yet we are demonizing vaping and openly advertising and selling pot. We are nuts.

Flicka Dec 12, 2019 10:55 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

ZEROHAWK, The number of deaths, and those getting really sick, are updated on the TV news. You think it's all a scam? I doubt it.

a-1576185172 Dec 12, 2019 01:12 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

FLICKA - to draw a parallel, it is like taking regulated alcohol off the shelves because people are being killed by homemade alcohol.

PitMix Dec 12, 2019 01:18 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

1:12, more accurately, it's like taking alcohol with strawberry flavors in containers decorated by unicorns and snowboard heroes out of the stores because people are being killed by homemade alcohol. But you are still ignoring all of the legal products containing nicotine that are addicting our kids who think vaping is cool. There still will be enough time to get addicted and ruin their lives when they are 21.

pstarSR Dec 13, 2019 08:31 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Its not a scam, its just NOT the same thing. please the CDC even released a statement saying it was "bootleg THC cartridges containing Vitamin E acetate". The flavor ban, the addiction issue, the underage getting a hold of them issue are all completely different topics and discussions.

its like eating a cheeseburger, your friend cooked but he calls it a "big mac". he prepares it horribly, and dangerously under cooked. you get salmonella you die. do you sue Mc Donalds? Burger King? remove burgers from menus because they are dangerous? outlaw burger patties because they are an unknown un controllable substance that no one can manage.

AdamVant Dec 12, 2019 01:27 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Ban this, ban that. Officious, overbearing, finger-wagging scolds telling others how to live their lives. Bunch of intermeddling Gladys Kravitz busybodies.

a-1576189467 Dec 12, 2019 02:24 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

But the yutes can be exposed to pot. Rich. So, does this mean that no one can mail order tobacco at much cheaper rates anymore, once it takes effect? Or does this just apply to vaping? I need to go stock up on my mint flavored juice now and order a few bags of decently priced tobacco since they think they can ban grown adults from doing that. I will also be consulting with an attorney to see if this is even legal (constitutionally).

Z Dec 12, 2019 03:51 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Good on 'em, it's only outlaws and ruffians what lives in unincorporated areas. Maybe death penalty for postal workers making deliveries of illicit substances out there.

ParvoPup Dec 12, 2019 09:40 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Whats the big deal? They only banned it in the forgotten lands of the unincorporated parts of the county. Which means squat since I don't know of any 7-11 along the 166 to Cuyama. Need a Juul - go to Lompoc or Vandenberg Village or Orcutt or Santa Maria or Guadalupe or Buellton or Solvang or Santa Ynez or Goleta or SB or Summerland or Carp. Or just order the damn things online like the kids do.

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