CA: End the Sale of flavored tobacco in California

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Please Vote Yes on SB793

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and supporter of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I am asking you to vote "YES" on SB793 when it comes before you in the Senate Health Committee.

While life in California has paused to help mitigate the spread of COVID19, chronic diseases like cancer are not taking a break. During this public health crisis, we are reminded to be vigilant about our health, and the health of our kids and young adults. Studies have definitively shown that smoking and vaping have negative impacts on both lung function and the overall immune system. The most important thing we can do to reduce tobacco addiction, particularly among youth, is to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products.

Tobacco products are the number one cause of preventable premature death in the U.S. and preventing youth tobacco initiation and addiction is one of the most important public health actions policymakers can take.

The use of electronic cigarettes among youth is skyrocketing. Recent data from the Food and Drug Administration shows use of e-cigarettes by high school students has increased 135% over the past two years. Tobacco products that come in candy, mint and menthol flavors are driving the e-cigarette epidemic and the unprecedented increase in youth usage.

The tobacco industry has long used menthol flavoring in cigarettes to mask the harshness of smoking to ease initiation. While hookah, which is available in a wide variety of flavors, has been gaining popularity, particularly among young adults. Many hookah smokers incorrectly believe that it is less harmful or addictive than cigarette smoking. When in fact, smoking water pipes, as well as breathing secondhand smoke from water pipes, is at least as harmful as exposure to cigarette smoke.



Only a comprehensive policy that ends the sale of all flavored tobacco products will be effective in addressing the public health crisis we face. Any exemptions will weaken the policy, creating loopholes for young people to access flavored tobacco products that can lead to a lifetime of addiction.

More than 50 California jurisdictions have passed comprehensive laws to end the sale of flavored tobacco products. It is time to end the sale of flavored tobacco across the entire state.

Again, I respectfully urge you to vote "YES" on SB793 when it comes before you in the Senate Health Committee.

Sincerely,
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