Alameda County bans flavored tobacco products, enacts retail licensing fee

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors banned the sale of flavored tobacco, including menthol, and flavored e-cigarette products in unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance, a second and final reading of which was approved Tuesday afternoon, also requires tobacco retailers to pay an annual licensing fee. County staff believes the fee will ultimately be … Continue reading Alameda County bans flavored tobacco products, enacts retail licensing fee

Why Hayward’s most fervent anti-smoking official was cut out of council’s vaping referral?

The three Hayward councilmembers who proposed regulations on flavored tobacco and vaping products last month are each up for re-election next year. Hayward Councilmembers Al Mendall, Francisco Zermeño, and Elisa Márquez will undoubtedly use any new restrictions on teenage vaping as a feather in their caps during next year's fall campaign. But it's notable that … Continue reading Why Hayward’s most fervent anti-smoking official was cut out of council’s vaping referral?