City of Davis Bans the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products
The City of Davis announced today that the Davis City Council voted unanimously at its March 24 meeting to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the Davis city limit effective Sept. 1, 2020. Davis joins Yolo County, the City of West Sacramento and the City of Woodland in enacting this ban.
This bans the sale of flavored tobacco products – many of which are specifically targeted at youth with flavors like bubblegum and cotton candy and are often packaged to look like candy or kids’ snacks. The ban does not prohibit those of legal age to use or possess flavored tobacco products and does not include non-tobacco products, such as cannabis.
The ban covers flavored tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vape cartridges, cigars and pipe tobacco. It excludes FDA-approved nicotine products for smoking cessation.
“Selling bubble gum-flavored tobacco products seems cynical at best. The purposeful targeting of children with these products is not appropriate,” said Mayor Brett Lee. “The Council felt it needed to enact this ban as an urgent public health measure.”
“I am proud that the City Council prioritized this item to protect the public health of our children,” said Councilmember Dan Carson. “Tobacco industry tactics to target our kids with flavored tobacco products have created serious short-term and long-term health risks are unacceptable and our City has a duty to act promptly and effectively to stop it.”