"In peddling addiction to children, the tobacco industry has refused to take no for an answer in California — not from parents, not from legislators, not from the courts and not from voters. Like any drug dealer, it keeps pushing, and it keeps trying to win over the most vulnerable potential customers: kids."
Envision Partnerships helped the city with its legislative actions surrounding the tobacco licensing program, and Chief Operating Officer Kristina Latta-Landefeld said the “hardest part” of the state House Bill is “I don’t see the net positive for the community,” adding that this state bill, as it stands, is “a major rollback” on public health.
“If you talk to anyone who works in schools right now, you’ll understand that vaping specifically is a major issue, and it’s more than just a longterm public health issue,” she said, adding vaping has been “disrupting behaviors in classes” and has been “a major issue for years.”
She said there’s only so much a community or organization can do without policies that support the law that’s in place in terms of not selling to people younger than 21.
“If the governor signs it, it will be a major rollback for public health, our education system, for kids and a major win for big tobacco,” Latta-Landefeld said.