Saturday, April 11, 2015

El Cerrito, CA - Urgent Local Alert! Moratorium on New Vapor Shops (4/15)

El Cerrito, CA.

Moratorium On New Vapor Retail Stores Proposed
Ban on Flavors
Ban on Vaping Even in Vape Shops

The planning commission will hold a public hearing about the proposed Tobacco Retailer License program on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 7:30 PM (item 6 on the linked agenda).

City Hall
City Council Chambers
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA

If this ordinance is adopted, local vapor retailers will be subject to current tobacco retailer licensing requirements which include:
  • Prohibit sale of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and the nicotine solutions used in these devices, or any other preparation of tobacco that is flavored.
  • Prohibit vaping in vapor stores
  • Prohibit self-service displays
  • Prohibit distribution of tobacco samples & coupons

(!) Moreover, this ordinance would protect sales of traditional cigarettes by prohibiting any new vapor retail shops from opening.

Please plan to attend this hearing. To provide comments, or request to be notified about upcoming public meetings about this program, please contact:
  • Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch, Development Service Manager (510) 215-4332.

Please also take a moment to send emails and make phone calls to council members urging them to oppose this proposal. Please see contact info and talking points below.

El Cerrito, CA City Council
Mark Friedman (mayor)
(510) 215-4318
Greg Lyman
(510) 215-4318
Janet Abelson
(510) 215-4318
Jan Bridges
(510) 215-4318
Gabe Quinto
(510) 215-4318

Comma delimited email list:,,,,

Suggested Talking Points - Flavor Ban

  1. We know from a recent surveys that adults prefer flavors other than traditional tobacco and menthol (, (
  2. Flavors are an important aspect of vapor products as they help former smokers disassociate nicotine consumption from inhaling smoke.
  3. Prohibiting flavor options creates a barrier to becoming smoke free and, as a result many, adult residents will actually be encouraged to continue smoking instead of making the switch to a product that is estimated to be 99% less hazardous than smoking.
  4. Direct them to the website, as well as the CASAA Research Library, for more information.

Suggested Talking Points - Tobacco Retail License

  1. Because this ordinance will prohibit new vapor shops from opening, it will actually have the effect of protecting the sales of traditional cigarettes as they will still be allowed to be sold in hundreds of locations throughout the city.
  2. Including low-risk, smoke-free products like e-cigarettes in tobacco regulations sends a confusing message to existing smokers that these products are just as harmful as continuing to smoke. We know from a growing body of science that:
    1. these products are 99% less risky than traditional cigarettes,
    2. they are helping millions of people worldwide to eliminate or reduce their smoking habit
    3. adult awareness of these low-risk, smoke-free alternatives is declining due to confusing laws and misinformation campaigns.

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