Updated: Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Approve e-Cigarette Ban

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On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will look to approve an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of vaping products in the unincorporated parts of the county.

The goal, according to the staff report, is to “to address mounting concerns related to the rapid increase in use of these product by minors and the co-occurring epidemic of serious lung disease that has been linked to the use of vaping devices.”

Ordinance No. 2019-34 implements the Board of Supervisor’s direction to prohibit the sale of vaping products and implements the Family and Human Services Committee’s further recommendations regarding flavored tobacco products. Specifically, the ordinance:

  • Amends Division 445 (Secondhand Smoke and Tobacco Product Control) of the County Ordinance Code to prohibit the sale of any electronic smoking device or e-liquid that is required to obtain, but has not yet obtained, a premarket review order from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pursuant to the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
  • Amends Chapter 413-4 (Commercial Cannabis Health Permits) of the County Ordinance Code to prohibit the sale or delivery of any e-liquid that contains tetrahydrocannabinol or any other cannabinoid, and to prohibit the sale or delivery of any electronic smoking device that can be used to deliver tetrahydrocannabinol or any other cannabinoid in aerosolized or vaporized form.
  • Amends Section 445-6.006 of the County Ordinance Code to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products and menthol cigarettes. Currently, the sale of these products is only prohibited within 1,000 feet of a public or private school, playground, park, or library. The proposed ordinance will make the prohibition effective in all of the unincorporated County.

According to the Staff Report: at a Congressional hearing held by US House Committee on Energy and Commerce in September 2019, Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless, the Acting Commissioner of the FDA stated that “e-cigarette products are not safe.” Dr. Sharpless went on to state that all electronic cigarettes currently on the market are illegal because they haven’t been assessed by the FDA. Additionally, at least one study has concluded that for every additional adult who quits smoking using electronic cigarettes, there are 80 additional youth who initiate daily tobacco use through electronic cigarettes (Soneji et. al. 2018).

The proposed ordinance would prohibit the sale of any electronic smoking device or e-liquid that is required to obtain, but has not yet obtained, a premarket review order from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pursuant to the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit the sale or delivery of any e-liquid that contains tetrahydrocannabinol or any other cannabinoid, and to prohibit the sale or delivery of any electronic smoking device that can be used to deliver tetrahydrocannabinol or any other cannabinoid in aerosolized or vaporized form.

Agenda: Click here

Update
The County unanimously approved the ban.

 


2 COMMENTS

  1. So let’s start getting rid of smoke shops, liquor stores, dispensaries and oh yeah cars. That would be a good start and the five supervisors can make all the right moves for all of us.

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