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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PitMix Dec 10, 2019 03:55 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

1:53, which store do you work for? All of these measures are necessary to prevent kids from getting hooked on nicotine, which is reportedly more addictive than cocaine. They are not trying to prevent kids from dying, they are trying to prevent lifelong addictions to nicotine, whether through vaping or smoking. But preventing the serious lung diseases is an added plus.

CoralineJones Dec 10, 2019 01:49 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Don't be fooled people. Once the tax on tobacco passed here a few years back, the local tobacco shops took a hit. I know alot of people who buy their tobacco in bulk online for literally 1/4 of the price of what they charge in the local stores (these are people who roll their own). And ever since vaping hit the scene, they are suffering too as people turn to that versus regular smoking. The local tobacco shops are suffering and they have a part in this - especially the part about stopping online ordering for less than retail. I'm sick of these special interests - dig deeper and I bet the tobacco shops have a hand in this - no doubt. If this was truly about underage smoking/vaping, then they should be equally as concerned about the prolific underage drinking problem AND DEFINITELY the rampant use of Adderral and opiates in underage persons and they've done NOTHING to ban any of those so please already - don't be fooled by what is really behind this.

ChillinGrillin Dec 10, 2019 01:45 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

"The ban will on be effective in unincorporated areas of the county" Lmao so not only can people just drive a few miles to SB and get it but the geniuses at the SB Sheriff will be in charge of enforcement? I don't vape and dislike it but what a total joke of a law.

Lucky 777 Dec 10, 2019 01:20 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

I worked as an usherette at the Hollywood Bowl during High School, and have fond memories of the smell of flavored pipe tobacco wafting across the night to the sounds of classical music. That was outdoors, the smokers were most likely old men, and it was incense in the air. Quite different from the nicotine addicted youth I see patronizing the vape shop next to my business. The look of desperation in their eyes as they hurry in to recharge their fix is beyond pathetic. What a costly distraction.

NostraChumash Dec 10, 2019 12:03 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

Dear Supervisors;
While you are considering things, please include a ban on:
Loitering, vagrancy, encampments in the bushes, open drug use, using sidewalks as toilets, midnight prowling by meth addicts on bikes, cars & motorcycles racing on Cabrillo,
reckless driving on 154, baby gang-bangers, litter-bug-animal chasing-cig butt tossing tourists, & dogs crapping everywhere?.

ZeroHawk Dec 10, 2019 11:50 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

I don't use this stuff, but really don't think some city employee should have a right to tell us what we can and can't inhale/smoke/enjoy.
My great grandfather smoked a pipe, with flavored tobacco. There are cigar shops in town. This is serious over reach.

ZeroHawk Dec 11, 2019 09:06 AM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

@ 751, i'm just behind your time. not the worlds. LOL you really think that just 50 years ago, we were so less that there was no traffic and crowds? fairytale land yo....

Pipe tobacco is still sold and used. Flavored. So are cigars.

I don't smoke at all, but i sure as hell don't need some elected ass hat telling me i can't. that's my own decision.

a-1576013686 Dec 10, 2019 01:34 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

ZEROHAWK. You are "seriously" behind the times. Back in your Grandad's day population was a heck of a lot less. We weren't crammed in together, a constant crowd. Why do you think smoking is banned? It's to keep our lungs a bit clearer and to keep the air cleaner. Any smoke is bad smoke, flavored or otherwise.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 10, 2019 12:46 PM
Supervisors Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

But Zerohawk, they are our Overlords. They were not elected into their rolls to manage the business of the county. They are there to make sure we dont suffocate on a plastic bag or go into a park after dark... We really do need these middle managers to manage our lives otherwise we'd all just lose it. Thank goodness they are so smart, experienced and ever so successful at their core duties. It gives them all this free time to make sure we dont have vaping juice sold next to the huffing gas, the candy flavored vodka and the cherry cigarillos...


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