SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose lawmakers voted to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.
In a unanimous vote, city council members voted to end all sales of flavored e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. There will be a second vote to finalize the ban.READ MORE: Police Surround San Jose Home in Armed Standoff with Resident
In a statement, Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids lauded the move.READ MORE: Atmospheric River: Alameda County Fair Reopening Monday After Storm Knocks Down Trees, Damages Booths
“The Council’s action will crack down on the tobacco industry’s most pernicious tactic for luring and addicting kids – the marketing of flavored products,” said Myers. “And it will help end the industry’s predatory targeting of Black communities with menthol cigarettes – a form of institutional racism that has taken a devastating toll on Black lives and health, is a major cause of health disparities, and must be stopped once and for all.”
The ordinance also bans new tobacco retailers from setting up shop within 500 feet of an existing one and within 1,000 feet of a school, park, community center or library.MORE NEWS: Atmospheric River: Power Restored To Majority of Residents; PG&E Blames Downed Trees For Massive Outages
If the ordinance passes the final vote, San Jose will become the largest city in the U.S. to ban the sale of such products.