Vaping potentially under assault in San Mateo County, CA
Vaping is potentially under serious threat in San Mateo County, CA.
There is a lengthy PDF (linked below) provides lots of details and insights:
Some excerpts from the PDF:
(excerpt): “Electronic Cigarette Aerosol (or Vapor) Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs or e-cigarettes) emerged in the U.S. in 2007, as alternatives to smoking tobacco and marijuana. Use of e-cigarettes is commonly referred to as “vaping.” They quickly became popular, in part due to efforts of manufacturers to attract young buyers through tactics such as bubblegum and fruit flavorings. While e-cigarettes and similar devices do not produce tobacco or marijuana smoke, the vapor they emit is also harmful. It contains particulates, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, nicotine (in the case of tobacco), metals and other toxins.“
(excerpt): “San Mateo County Health System’s Responses to Secondhand Smoke Tobacco Prevention Program In 1988, the California Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act (Prop. 99) was passed by the voters, creating a statewide, comprehensive tobacco control program. Prop. 99 levied a twenty-five-cent tax on tobacco products and placed new restrictions on the sale of tobacco. With the revenue generated by this initiative, the County established the Tobacco Prevention Program (TPP) in 1989 as part of the statewide network to educate the community on tobacco-related health and policy issues.28 The TPP’s 2014-2017 Program Goals and Interventions29 included: ● Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke by implementing smoke-free multiunit housing policies ● Engaging youth in tobacco control and amending tobacco retail ordinances to broaden the definition of tobacco product ● Reducing the availability of tobacco by eliminating tobacco sales in pharmacies/health care settings”
(excerpt)...The towns/cities of Colma, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, and San Carlos do not have smoking ordinances that restrict smoking in their multiunit residences, except in some common areas. Atherton, Hillsborough, and Woodside have no multiunit housing.
(excerpt)...The towns/ cities of Colma, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley and San Carlos should, by December 31, 2018, hold public hearings to evaluate issues and hear residents’ views on restricting smoking in multiunit housing in their jurisdictions.