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File #: 19-208    Name:
Type: Staff Report Status: Agenda Ready - Administrative Business
File created: 3/6/2019 In control: Special City Council
On agenda: 4/9/2019 Final action: 4/9/2019
Title: Report regarding a Study Session on the potential regulation of flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes in South San Francisco. (Christina Fernandez, City Manager's Office)
Attachments: 1. Matrix of Local Efforts, 2. Flavored Tobacco Presentation
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Report regarding a Study Session on the potential regulation of flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes in South San Francisco. (Christina Fernandez, City Manager's Office)

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Recommend City Council provide guidance and direction on the potential regulation of flavored tobacco, including e-cigarettes in South San Francisco.


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BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION
According to the California Department of Public Health, 80% of young people who used tobacco started with a flavored tobacco product. A majority of youth report flavoring as a leading reason for using tobacco products. This includes 82% of e-cigarette users, 79% of hookah users, 74% of cigar users, and 69% of smokeless users. Flavors such as watermelon, cherry, chocolate, mint, and gummy bear appeal to kids and teens. Flavorings mask the taste of tobacco making it more palatable for youth to begin tobacco use. Flavored tobacco products also use the same flavoring chemicals as Jolly Rancher, Kool-Aid, and Life Savers. Certain minority groups also disproportionately use flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. In one survey, 82.6% of African American cigarette smokers reported smoking menthol cigarettes in the month prior.

Federal Guidance and Regulations

The U.S. Surgeon General warns that flavored tobacco products help new users establish habits that lead to long-term addiction. Flavors like menthol in tobacco products make it more difficult for users to quit. All nicotine products are addictive and increase the risk of developing serious health problems including cancer, heart disease, and emphysema.

In 2009, the Federal Government passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that banned the manufacture of flavored cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes were exempted from this ban. The ban also does not restrict non-cigarette tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco.

More recently, the Food and Drug Administration announced a new pla...

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