Two points of view on Sacramento’s flavored tobacco ban

Two points of view on Sacramento’s flavored tobacco ban


Well, the Sacramento City Council
has an opportunity tonight to join more than 30 other cities in California
that have prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco, which has really
become a public health scourge. The use of e-cigarettes
has been skyrocketing. It’s being fueled by these candy flavored
e-cigarettes like cotton candy and Captain Crunch. And we know that that’s driving
a huge increase in usage. There are now 3.5 million high school
students who are using vape products. That’s a 78% increase in one year alone. These are products which
are laced with nicotine, which endanger a whole generation of
kids from becoming nicotine addicts. It also serves as a gateway to use
of traditional tobacco products and has the potential to reverse decades
of success in reducing tobacco use.>>I believe this ban is not gonna be the
solution that the council’s looking for. There is an issue which is teenage vaping,
but by banning flavored tobacco from liquor
stores, convenience stores, gas stations, smoke shops, vape shops like ours. I don’t think that’s going
to solve the problem. The bigger problem is that where
are these kids or youth or teenagers getting their hands on
flavored tobacco or vaping devices. And the answer is not
from business like ours. The answer is from online. We live in a day and
age of Amazon and online shopping. Where you can order stuff
through Internet and get it delivered to your doorstep
without anybody even checking IDs. Where as stores like ours,
we’re very diligent, we’re checking IDs. We’re a 21 and older establishment, so if somebody who’s only 21
are allowed to be inside our store. So yeah I think it’s a lose lose for
the city council because it’s gonna get small businesses
like us out of business. There will be no way for us to survive
once the flavor ban kicks in because 85% of our business is flavored tobacco.>>Okay, how long have you guys been open?>>We’ve been open for
a little or four years now>>Okay, how many employees do you have?>>We have a total of
about seven employees.>>Okay, and you said you’re the owner?>>Yes, I am one of the owners, yes, yes.>>Okay, do you also sell
non-flavored vape e-cartridges?>>So unfortunately, there’s no such
thing as non-flavored vaping stuff. Everything that is related to
vaping has some kind of flavor. It might be subtle but
there’s some flavor to it.>>So
you’re just specifically just a vape shop?>>We are a vape shop, but
we do sell tobacco as well. But 85% of our business
is selling vape supplies.>>And that’s all flavored.>>Yes, that is correct.>>And so you think if this passes
tonight you guys will have to close?>>Yes, we’re actually very scared,
we’re very nervous. So we’ve had multiple sleepless
nights ever since the city decided to enforce this ban. We have a little over five years left on
our lease that we have given personal guarantees. So we’re scared that we
might end up on the streets. So yeah, it’s very scary, yes.

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