While tobacco sales struggle against the onslaught of health facts that show the connection between smoking tobacco and becoming sick, tobacco companies have expanded into flavors that specifically reach to youthful customers, hoping to get people started into addiction earlier in life.
At the August 26, 2019 meeting, the City Council will consider a proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of flavored/menthol tobacco products.
According to the Public Health Law Center, “Tobacco manufacturers have found it profitable to market flavored cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and related products that are particularly attractive to youth. with advertisements and packaging that exhibit colorful and trendy designs. Examples of marketed new flavors include cherry, blueberry, peach, chocolate, lime, mint, toffee, vanilla, rum, margarita and pineapple. One study estimates that 20% of youth smokers (between ages 17 to 19) in the U.S. reported using flavored tobacco products within the last 30 days, compared to 6% of adult smokers.
The city council meeting will take place on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Mike Balkman Council Chambers, City Hall 9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232. The agenda and related staff report will be available online on or after August 20, 2019.