L.A. Considers a Ban on Flavoured Tobacco…


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Youngsters in excessive faculties had been extra prone to take up smoking than youngsters in US faculty districts the place no flavour bans had been imposed.

Fruity, candy and clean flavours are “the new and attractive delivery system to get kids hooked to nicotine,” stated Councilman Mitch O’Farrell at a metropolis listening to nearly two years in the past. “And that is evil. There’s no question about it.”

When the difficulty was mentioned at Metropolis Corridor for the primary time, council members had instructed limiting the gross sales of some flavoured merchandise on web site at specialised lounges. In the meantime hookah sellers say the plan remains to be too restrictive for a lot of causes, amongst which forbidding folks to purchase hookah tobacco to smoke at house, when this can be a central a part of sure cultures.

Subsequently, final September, Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer renewed his name for the Metropolis Council to implement a complete flavour ban, which incorporates vaping merchandise. Feuer’s Workplace put ahead a brand new proposed invoice, which nevertheless incorporates an exemption on flavoured Hookah as per the Metropolis Council majority request, but the Metropolis Lawyer is attempting to have this exemption eliminated.

Do flavour bans work?

Equally, in August 2020, SB 793 by Senator Jerry Hill, banned the sale of flavoured tobacco merchandise, in San Francisco. In step with knowledgeable predictions earlier than the ban had even gone into impact, information is exhibiting that the measure has simply led to teenagers reverting from vaping to smoking.

Apart from dealing with vital opposition from the tobacco trade and retailers main as much as the ultimate days of the 2019-20 Legislative Session, SF’s flavour ban had additionally been met with concern by public well being consultants who predicted that it might drive teenagers again to smoking common cigarettes.

Equally, town’s chief economist, Ted Egan, whose workplace is charged with analyzing the financial influence of legislations in San Francisco, had confirmed that the ban would solely result in elevated smoking charges. And sadly, information maintain confirming this.

A current examine printed in JAMA Pediatrics, discovered that following San Francisco’s flavour ban, youngsters within the metropolis’s excessive faculties had been extra prone to take up smoking than youngsters in US faculty districts the place no flavour bans had been imposed. Whereas previous to the ban, smoking charges in San Francisco had been just like that of many cities throughout the nation.

US: First County in Oregon Bans The Gross sales of Flavoured Vaping Merchandise


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