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Dear [Decision Maker],
As a resident of Contra Costa County, I am asking you to approve the amendments being considered to restrict the sale and marketing of tobacco products, as part of a comprehensive strategy to help reduce youth smoking. You have the opportunity to stop industry targeting of vulnerable populations. 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 countySmoking 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.
Thank you, [Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]