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San Mateo County considers banning flavored tobacco sales

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At its meeting tonight, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is set to consider a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, along with a prohibition on pharmacies selling any tobacco product, in the county’s unincorporated areas.

The proposed ordinance, introduced by Supervisors Carole Groom and David Canepa, would affect 34 retailers licensed to sell tobacco products in unincorporated San Mateo County, as well as three more retailers at the San Francisco International Airport, according to county documents.

Currently, there are no pharmacies within the county’s unincorporated areas. Any pharmacies that did locate in those areas would not be allowed to sell tobacco products as part of the ordinance.

The purpose for the ordinance is to reduce the number of children who become addicted tobacco, according to the city report, which cited a national survey showing the vast majority of young people who attempt to use tobacco start out with flavored versions.

This isn’t the first ordinance passed by the county aimed at reducing tobacco-related health problems. Previous ordinances banned smoking in multi-unit housing facilities, workplaces and restaurants, county campuses, along with a ban on tobacco self-service displays.

If the ordinance passes the Board of Supervisors, it will go into effect 30 days after. However, enforcement would not begin before July 1.

“Climate Best Awards 2018” Launches

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Climate Magazine is elated to launch its “Climate Best Awards 2018.”

We’re counting on community members to decide which Redwood City’s restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other businesses should be recognized.

We encourage residents to visit  here. to nominate local Redwood City businesses in a number of categories.

The nomination period lasts until the end of February. Voting is in March, and the awards will take place in April.

So have your friends and families nominate your favorite Redwood City businesses. A celebration to honor the nominees and winners is set to take place in April.

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