San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria signed into legislation Friday a invoice that may forestall the sale of flavored tobacco within the town.
San Diego Town Councilwomen Marni von Wilpert and Jennifer Campbell joined San Diego College Board Trustees on Friday to announce the Prevent Adolescent Habit to Flavored E-Cigarettes Act was once formally signed into legislation via Gloria.
The Town Council accredited the SAAFE Act, presented via von Wilpert, to ban the sale of specified flavored tobacco and nicotine merchandise within the town. It goals flavored tobacco and nicotine merchandise that “enchantment to youngsters thru sweet and fruit flavors, as an try to disguise the harshness of nicotine and as an instantaneous try to enchantment to a more youthful target market,” von Wilpert stated.
“This new legislation goes to save lots of lives and safeguard youngsters’s well being,” she stated. “Our new partnership with San Diego colleges will empower oldsters with essential well being assets so we do the whole thing imaginable to stop Giant Tobacco from hooking our kids and hijacking their futures.”
College Board Trustees Richard Barrera and Zachary Patterson joined the councilwomen at Friday morning’s information convention to coach oldsters at the risks of skyrocketing teenage nicotine dependancy and highlighted assets to battle formative years nicotine use.
“We’re so thankful for our partnership with the Town Council and mayor on this effort to give protection to our youngsters from the predatory methods of Giant Tobacco,” Barrera stated. “We can paintings with town to broaden a complete schooling program for college students and oldsters to give protection to their bodily and psychological well being from those unhealthy merchandise.”
The SAAFE Act makes it unlawful for any tobacco or digital cigarette store to promote or distribute specified flavored tobacco merchandise, together with menthol. The ordinance does no longer observe to the sale of shisha, top rate cigars or loose-leaf tobacco. As well as, unflavored or tobacco flavored e- cigarettes in addition to FDA-approved cessation units can also be exempt.
“The tobacco trade calls those candy-flavored tobacco merchandise, however medical doctors like me name it poison,” Campbell stated. “These days, San Diego is scoring a large victory towards giant tobacco and a large win to give protection to our kids’s well being. We’re preventing the sale of those vile merchandise that entice our kids into a lifetime of dependancy and beginning a real partnership with native colleges to extra significantly cope with the formative years vaping epidemic.”
San Diego joins 3 states and 335 native governments together with Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose with the signing of the legislation, which might be enforced beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
“Tobacco use is the main reason behind preventable illness and demise in the USA — and we all know Giant Tobacco markets those merchandise to younger other folks and different susceptible communities,” stated Mayor Todd Gloria. “I’m proud to signal Councilmember von Wilpert’s SAAFE Act. Her paintings and collaboration with Councilmember Dr. Jennifer Campbell will permit us to enroll in 335 different native jurisdictions to keep an eye on the sale of those merchandise, offer protection to our kids and stem the tide of dependancy.”
A statewide measure to prohibit the sale of specified flavored tobacco merchandise in California will cross ahead of the electorate this November.
–Town Information Carrier