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Pleasanton council to consider ordinance banning sales of flavored tobacco, vaping products

Original post made on May 5, 2020

Pleasanton City Council members are set to discuss advancing new regulations to ban the sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products, with city staff bringing forward the revised draft ordinance for consideration on Tuesday.

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a resident of Beratlis Place
on May 5, 2020 at 9:48 am

Great idea ! Let's not be hypocritical ! BAN FLAVORED ALCOHOL TOO !!! Look at all the targeting the alcohol industry does towards kids. Always has ! We have every flavored drink imaginable marketed the exact same way, even worse. No restrictions on soda water that tastes like candy. Plus all the national advertising unrestricted towards children. City of Pleasanton needs to BAN FLAVORED ALCOHOL TOO. Why target only flavored tobacco products ??? Alcohol is far more dangerous than vaping. Alcohol is equivalent / worse than Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine in terms of abuse, being carcinogenic, deaths, overdoses, use by kids. Come on City of Pleasanton ? Do the right thing ! BAN FLAVORED ALCOHOL SALES IN PLEASANTON !!!

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 5, 2020 at 9:56 am

Personally I don't smoke, so I really don't care....but I agree its a weird message. Pot/weed - ok. Cigarettes and vaping products - banned.

I'd go a different direction to try and achieve the same end goal; but with a potential benefit to the city. Pass a ridiculous sales tax on those items. Will effectively do the same thing as they're still available in neighboring areas, but will definitely slow the sale and limit some of the confusing "this is ok, but this is not ok" hypocrisy.

Posted by Way to Go!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2020 at 10:38 am

Thank you Pleasanton for stopping the sales of these addicting products to our youth. It has been out of control for years and whatever we can do to make it more difficult for them the purchase, the better!!!

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 5, 2020 at 10:54 am

I would agree with PP that any other measure would make more sense. Raise the age to purchase these products. Make the penalties stiff enough that shop owners will check IDs. Mail leaflets to parents (they ultimately hold responsibility here) citing the dangers and new ordinances if their kids are caught with the products. Might want to make sure middle and high school staffs are doing their part in catching violators.

Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on May 5, 2020 at 11:33 am

I am no longer a smoker....and i detest the smell of smoke..i'm allowed now that i don't smoke... :-) ...But, if the Council is successful in "Banning" anything, anything, that is currently Legal in the United States, then we've gotten yet another Problem...The Council Does Not Write Laws. Not even sure if they can limit laws, legally. I guess they could Not Issue a Business License, if they were consistent. I remember my law professor telling us one day that if we had a business, we could not refuse to serve someone due to race, creed, or color, but we could refuse service to bald headed old men....If We Refused Service To All Bald Headed Old Men!..That's stuck with me for 56 years!...I still have hair so it won't happen to my yet. (smile)...

Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2020 at 11:38 am

I agree that if you target smoking but you leave out alcohol, it is hypocritical. Of course the lush bunch will be up in arms.

Posted by Tom staness
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 6, 2020 at 5:54 pm

This is for the parents, Do not blame schools and retailers, blame your self for BAD parenting

Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on May 6, 2020 at 8:40 pm

Why don't they just ban all smoking?

Why are cigarettes and pot legal, but vapor, VAPOR! products are fast becoming illegal?

Follow the money...


Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on May 6, 2020 at 8:47 pm

BTW, vape sales to minors is already illegal, as is smoking and pot sales.

If you think for one second that this will curb usage you are simply out of your ever-loving-mind.


ps, I'v never smoked anything one day in my life, not even a puff. Both parents died from cigarettes. I say if people want to kill themselves by using these products, let them be. Keep it away from kids, but let the adults kill themselves.


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