Support for Protecting Contra Costa Youth


  • Your County Officials
  • Vice Chair Candace Andersen


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Dear  [Decision Maker],

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in California, and sadly, most smokers begin this deadly addiction before they are legally old enough to buy tobacco products.

Tobacco retail licensing is a proven way to effectively reduce youth access to tobacco products, so I am asking that you help protect the youth of Contra Costa County by recommending passage of the strongest tobacco retail licensing ordinance possible. I ask that the new tobacco retail license include the following components:

* Prohibit the sales of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes
* Establish a minimum pack size of no less than ten for little cigars and cigarillos
* Prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies
* Restrict where new tobacco retailers may locate so that they will not be concentrated in one neighborhood or near youth sensitive areas
* Prohibit new tobacco shops, hookah lounges or vape parlors from locating in our county

Protecting our youth from access to tobacco products helps to create a healthier community, and can help to create a new generation free of this deadly addiction.

Please consider and pass a comprehensive retail licensing ordinance to protect the children and all residents of Contra Costa County.

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