Chico City Council moves closer towards banning flavored tobacco in city

One discussion at the Chico City Council meeting on Dec. 3 was about banning the sale of flavored tobacco.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 10:46 PM

CHICO, Calif.Flavored tobacco products could be coming off the shelves of stores and several people said they are in support of the idea.

The council voted to have staff bring back an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco in the city.

People who supported the ban said they were concerned flavored tobacco could get in the hands of underage people.

Those who were against the ban were small business owners who had vape shops. They shared they were concerned this would affect their livelihood.

"I do sympathize with them as business owners, but we have to as a nation, as a community, look at what are the dangers," said Chico local, Jesica Gianola. "The overall effect and risk to the children is so much far greater and real that we cannot ignore it."

"We don't know the ramifications of what vaping does. We do know the ramifications of smokers because it's a known fact it causes lung cancer," said local, Lisa Curiel. "But I think as grown adults we should be able to make that decision for ourselves."

Staff will also come back with a plan on a tobacco retail licensing program.

City Manager Mark Orme said that the program could require retailers to pay an annual fee and that money would go towards enforcing not selling to minors.

Orme also said the proposed ordinance could be back for discussion by the beginning of next year.

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