Sup. Fletcher to Present on Youth Vaping to SD City Council’s Environment Committee
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher on Thurs., Feb. 13 will continue his tour of San Diego County discussing the effects of the youth vaping and flavored tobacco use, and the environmental impacts when he visits the San Diego City Council’s Environment Committee chaired by Councilmember Jennifer Campbell. The presentation begins at 1:15 p.m. and is being held in the City Council Chambers, 202 C St., San Diego, CA 92101.
“I am passionate about tackling the vaping crisis because I know that flavors hook kids on nicotine for life - and after years of making progress to reduce tobacco use by teens, we are seeing an alarming increase in the number of teens who vape,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “I am visiting different areas of our county to encourage other communities to take action to protect our youth from the dangers of flavored tobacco products.”
Supervisor Fletcher was invited by Councilwoman Campbell because of the urgent need to talk about the environmental and health issues stemming from tobacco products and tobacco waste.
“At this upcoming environment committee, we’re putting a focus on the ramifications of tobacco use,” Councilmember Campbell said. “We’re going to discuss not just the issues around vaping, but also hearing from Dr. Thomas Novotny about why San Diego should push for California to approve SB 424, a bill that would outlaw the sale of filtered cigarettes and single use vaping products. Beyond the health risks, tobacco waste has a huge impact on polluting our waterways and beaches.”
In January, the County Board of Supervisors passed a series of measures introduced by Supervisors Fletcher and Dianne Jacob designed to restrict the sale of vaping products and flavored tobacco in unincorporated parts of the county.
Supervisor Fletcher is actively working to raise awareness about the impact vaping and flavored tobacco is having on youth and encourage local governments to enact similar policies in other parts of the County to maximize public health outcomes and protect the county’s young people.
Last week Supervisor Fletcher made a presentation to the City of Encinitas Youth Commission because they will be bringing recommendations on vaping to the Encinitas City Council.