An LA City Council vote on researching ways to crack down was approved
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to investigate ways to curb the sale of flavored tobacco products to youth and young adults and study how other cities are tackling the issue.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced the motion requesting that the City Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst report on a strategy aimed at restricting the sale of the products to youth. The measure was approved on a 12-0 vote.
“It’s unconscionable that we would stand idly by while this — you’ve heard it referred to as an epidemic — is increasing,” O’Farrell said at a recent City Council committee meeting. “It’s just an all new way of creating a new avenue for nicotine addiction to an entirely new generation. That’s what’s unconscionable. And as long as we have the power to do something about that, and dissuade this type of use, especially when youth are targeted for profit at the expense of their health and well-being, that is not acceptable.”
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