Livermore council passes flavored tobacco ban, new regulations


The Livermore City Council unanimously voted Monday night to ban the sales of all flavored tobacco products and electronic delivery devices citywide and introduce a 1,000-foot buffer zone between tobacco retailers and sites like schools and libraries.

The council heard from more than 40 members of the community with diverse perspectives before voting on the ordinance, which will also establish a tobacco retailers license and require all tobacco retailers in the city to obtain one and renew it annually.

The ban was first proposed by the intergovernmental committee comprised of representatives from the city, the school district and parks and recreation district with support from various advocacy groups.

The goal of the ordinance is to reduce the number of tobacco-using minors by eliminating flavored products such as menthol cigarettes and e-cigarettes and governing marketing that targets youth.

"One of the best ways to change behavior is to avoid having the product present," City Councilwoman Trish Munro said.

Munro said she believes the new regulation will reduce tobacco use among middle and high school students substantially.

— Bay City News Service

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8 people like this
Posted by No Brainer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2019 at 11:54 am

This is a no brainer! What are you waiting for Mayor Thorne and the City of Pleasanton?

3 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

I don’t like the precedent, but I’m in full support of this one

7 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

I hate cigarettes, I hate the smell of cigarettes...It is a vile and disgusting habit. But you can pass all the laws you want and you still can't control what people do, especially young people. There is an irony governments (city, county, state) go after tobacco they accept the recreational use of marijuana and that just doesn't make any sense to me.

1 person likes this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 25, 2019 at 8:05 pm

I share your synacism, my only logical rationalism is weed can be medicinal where as flavored tobacco is far too focused on youth? Still a stretch? I know

2 people like this
Posted by Evelyn & Arthur
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 26, 2019 at 1:03 pm

I can still smell the stench of cigarette smoke on my clothes after just a short flight to LA on PSA back in the early 70's! We all (in our advancing age) vividly recall the days of smoking/non smoking sections & now how pleased we are that smoking has finally become almost a thing of the past. The whole electronic cigarette thing has helped a good many of our friends wean themselves off of 20-30 year old addictions & dramatically improve their health. It amazes me that people can be so naive to think that they can legislate behavior. It has simply NEVER WORKED. Whenever you hear that old line, "it's all to protect the children" run away. I can only imagine the scene inside of the presidents office at RJ Renoylds right now with champagne corks popping & high fives all around. These foolish laws are just going to drive people back to tobacco cigarettes.

Please let the responsible adults decide which is appropriate for themselves and strengthen the purchase requirements for minors & youths...OK?

1 person likes this
Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 29, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Wilma is a registered user.

Stupid move. Now people wanting to quit cigarettes can not vape as an alternative or they must drive outside of town creating more carbon emissions to purchase. Public health campaigns and education is the solution, not regulations like this.

1 person likes this
Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 29, 2019 at 12:28 pm

Wilma is a registered user.

And sure, now we have to breathe potent marijuana on the sidewalks with our kids now that the illegalization law passed by the regulators who did not think that through either. I can get an unwanted contact high but not smell tobacco. To figure

1 person likes this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 30, 2019 at 7:42 am

California is amazing. We have illegals pouring across the border, huge homeless issue, traffic congestion, huge weight and obesity issue, highest gas prices in nation, highest taxes, crumbling infrastructure, a state government out of control, no housing, legalized drugs, people smoking and selling dope everywhere and here everyone is excited about an occasional smell of tobacco.

Folks wake up no one smokes anymore. It’s a distractingly solution to a non problem.

11 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 30, 2019 at 1:23 pm

Yeah I'm sure adults weaning themselves of traditional tobacco cigarettes are really going to be upset they cant get "rainbow cotton candy ice bomb" flavored liquid anymore

6 people like this
Posted by buklau
a resident of Avila
on Jul 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm

"You young whipper snappers and your vaping. Back in my day I only smoked cigarettes and drank whiskey"

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