Santa Cruz County, California, is getting ready to enact a taste ban on flamable tobacco, oral tobacco merchandise, and vapor merchandise. The measure has but to cross and is scheduled for a vote on June 11, 2019. If it passes, it could take impact beginning January 1, 2020.
The Metropolis of Santa Cruz already handed its personal taste ban final November. The Santa Cruz County model would embody 89 retail areas which promote tobacco and vapor merchandise within the county’s unincorporated space.
The perennial cry of “Consider the kids!” is after all at play. That is regardless of the general public well being concern that eliminating availability of vapor merchandise, quite than correctly imposing age necessities for buying them, will negatively impression the flexibility of grownup people who smoke to change from flamable and oral tobacco merchandise to their much less dangerous different.
The American Lung Affiliation of California is without doubt one of the main NGOs pushing for the ban, but it surely additionally has assist from different, smaller activist teams, native well being officers, and oldsters. One amongst them is Stacey Kyle, a Reside Oak mom of two who wrote in assist:
“These merchandise are marketed on tv, in magazines and thru social media in ways in which as soon as once more make smoking seem glamorous and ‘secure’ to youth.”
Naturally, not everybody agrees with that evaluation. Amongst those that dispute it’s Caine McLelland, proprietor of Santa Cruz Vapors in Twin Lakes, who famous:
“It’s doing an amazing disservice to this group. These are grownup merchandise for ages 21 and up. They’re for the convert smoker. They aren’t for kids.”
McLelland additionally precisely famous that though minors do get their fingers on vapor merchandise illicitly, this can be a hallmark of the rebellious part of adolescence, and it extends to conventional tobacco merchandise, alcohol, and different contraband substances for these beneath 21:
“That’s an issue that must be addressed at house, and it’s undoubtedly an overreach of the county to take action.”