Two more California cities set to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products

Californians have heard the constant anti-vaping ads claiming that nicotine flavored vaping products disproportionate appeal to teenagers and should be prohibited.

In 2019, San Francisco Mayor London Breed signed into law a vaping ban, passed 11-0 by the County Board of Supervisors, on the sale of e-cigarettes and all relevant paraphernalia. Steven Greenhut of the R Street Institute has written extensively about government attempts – and successes – to control and even ban vaping. “Welcome to tolerant San Francisco, where you have every right to live as you please as long as you choose to do only socially acceptable things,” Greenhut said. “If you want to shoot yourself or dump on the street, that’s OK because you’re a victim of society. If you want to, say, smoke tobacco or vape, forget it.

Greenhut even recounts a trip to San Francisco where he was walking down the street smoking a cigar and had a hard time doing it. “I was far from any other human being and close to the biggest air filter in the world (the Pacific Ocean), and yet someone harassed me,” Greenhut said. “If I had smoked weed, no one would have dared to say a word – and they shouldn’t have, since marijuana is legitimately legal here. Welcome to tolerant San Francisco, where you have perfectly entitled to live as you see fit as long as you choose to do only socially acceptable things.

And now both Los Angeles and San Jose set to hold votes on proposed tobacco flavor bans very soon in an attempt by anti-tobacco activists to preempt next year’s referendum on a statewide tobacco flavor ban passed by the California legislature and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020.

If the proposed ordinances are passed in both cities, it will cause controversy given new research showing very detrimental effects of banning tobacco flavors on actual cigarette smoking.

It could also come amid an action by the FDA to allow or ban vapor giant Juul from continuing to market its products.

According to Yale University researchers:

after the [2018 San Francisco tobacco flavoring] implementation of the ban, high school students’ odds of smoking conventional cigarettes doubled in the San Francisco school district compared to trends in districts without a ban, even controlling for individual demographics and other tobacco control policies.

Yale researcher Abigail Friedman explained: “While neither smoking cigarettes nor vaping nicotine is inherently safe, most current evidence points to much greater harm from tobacco use, which is responsible for nearly one in five adult deaths each year. Even if well-intentioned, a law that increases youth smoking could pose a threat to public health.

A more recent study published by Oxford University Press found similar results.that “if ‘vaping product sales were limited to tobacco flavors’, one-third of US vapers aged 18-34 say they would switch to smoking.”

In 2019, Henry I. Miller, MS, MD, and senior researcher at the Pacific Research Institute, and Jeff Stier, JD, senior researcher at the Consumer Choice Center published a paper at the Pacific Research Institute concluding that the campaign of hysteria and misinformation about vaping will lead to more tobacco-related deaths. Miller and Stier said the not-so-hidden agenda behind the scare is to trick lawmakers into believing e-cigarettes are as dangerous or more dangerous than “combustible cigarettes,” forcing them to regulate these low-risk alternatives to inappropriate way. This too will prevent smokers from quitting.

The finding that flavor bans are causing people to switch to conventional cancer-causing cigarettes is one that New York University expert Ray Niaura also finds credible. In one recent maintenanceNiaura said that with the flavor bans, “Not only young vapers, but also older vapers are having difficulty getting the products or getting the products they love, and unfortunately it’s still easy to get cigarettes almost anywhere, so it’s no surprise that people turn to these products when restrictions become very strict on vaping products, vaping product availability, flavor bans , etc. My concern is that this is some sort of retrograde strategy [banning flavors as a backdoor to banning all vaping products], that you walk in the front door with this issue regarding children and keep pushing until you outright ban the products. The irony is that the Tobacco Control Act basically says you can’t make cigarettes illegal, so if you ban all of these products, cigarettes will still be legal. Do we want a world where all we have left is cigarettes? »

Bernard P. Love