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Protect Oakland's most vulnerable
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent and a volunteer of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I ask you to strengthen the Oakland Children Smoking Prevention Ordinance. By eliminating the adult-only tobacco store exemption you can end the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Oakland, including menthol cigarettes. These adult-only stores are disproportionately located in the flatlands of East and West Oakland, which is home to a high number of low-income communities of color and youth. These are the same populations that already bear the burden of health inequities. I also ask that you end the sale of tobacco in pharmacies, require a minimum of one compliance check per retailer each year, ensure penalties for retailers are higher than for clerks, and create a minimum price of $8.00 for all tobacco products, as well as a minimum package size of 20 for little cigars and cigarillos.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]