Goleta City Council votes 4: 1 to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products

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GOLETA, Calif .– Goleta City Council has voted 4 to 1 to pass a city code banning the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Some board members said they were convinced by teenagers who said they saw children vaping in their school toilets.

They believe flavors such as watermelon, grapes, and even chicken and waffles target children at risk of becoming addicted.

Stuard Kasdin said: “We are not trying to hurt businesses, we are trying to help children.”

Roger Aceves was the only board member to vote no.

Aceves said, “Like alcohol, they’re going to get it anyway.”

He expressed concern for small businesses and said law enforcement has failed.

Pro Tempore Mayor James Kyriaco said the ordinance would get a second reading on October 5.

It will take effect two months later, on December 5.

Mayor Paula Perotte hopes the city of Santa Barbara will also pass an ordinance.

Santa Barbara County banned the sale of flavored tobacco in unincorporated areas last year, and the towns of Carpinteria, Guadalupe and Santa Maria have also banned the products.

The nearby town and county of Ventura have also banned the flavors.

More than 30 companies in Goleta sell flavored tobacco products, including vaping items that look like pens and thumb drives.

The workers said they were getting many businesses from people who came from banned communities.

Antonia Arroyo loves vaping. He said it helped him quit smoking.

“Adults buy candy just as much as kids do, it’s not just something for kids and adults love cereal too, so when there is cereal flavored vape juice it doesn’t. not aimed at children at all, these are just things people like. ” Arroyo said.

Goleta’s director of community relations Kelly Hoover expected public comments to take time as the board wanted to hear all views on the matter.

Some people raised concerns about hookah products, others raised concerns about local businesses that might not be successful without selling flavored tobacco.

But the majority of virtual speakers, including students, parents, doctors, healthcare workers and school board members, urged the board to vote in favor of the ban.

In August 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 793. The bill banned the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and cigars.

The bill was due to become law in early 2021. But a petition may have delayed the law and will put it to a vote.

Goleta’s ban on the sale of flavored tobacco will not be affected by the outcome of the California referendum that will be on the ballot on November 8, 2022.


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