WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF / BCN) – Amid growing concerns over teen vaping, Walnut Creek City Council has unanimously approved a ban on the sale of tobacco and electronic devices for smokers within limits from the city.
A staff report for Tuesday night’s meeting cited statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States (more than 480,000 per year). It also indicates that nearly nine in ten adult smokers try to smoke before the age of 18.
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The city’s ban will be more restrictive than current federal and state laws, although it would provide an exemption for adult-only hookah tobacco businesses. The order provides for a five-month turnaround time for retailers to comply with the new restrictions.
“I am proud that Walnut Creek continues to lead by example in the areas of our community’s safety, in this case banning the sale of flavored vaping products and e-cigarettes,” Mayor Kevin Wilk said after the meeting. . “These are especially for our students, and we hope neighboring towns will follow our example. ”
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Wilk said a 2019-2020 California tobacco survey found that 92% of students using tobacco reported using a flavored product.
“Vaping is the number one problem in middle and high school, and we need to protect our kids,” Wilk said.
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The city is following Contra Costa County, which reaffirmed its 2019 ban restricting the sale of flavored vaping products and electronics in July. This ordinance only covers unincorporated areas of the county.