The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is in the initial stages of developing a tobacco retailer license (TRL) ordinance that may include, among other things, restrictions on the sale of flavored vapor and tobacco products.
This ordinance is being drafted under the guise of addressing what supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas (District 2) and Janice Hahn (District 4) call the public's perception of health and safety issues relative to the concentration of smoke shops. Specifically, the target of this proposed regulation is "nuisance" smoke shops. Complicating things further, there have been no stipulations between a smoke shop and a vape shop.
There will be a public meeting held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration located at 500 West Temple Street in the Board Hearing Room 381-B in Los Angeles, California.
In advance of this hearing, the most effective way to communicate with supervisors is one-on-one. Instead of attending the hearing, we are recommending that advocates view the meeting live, online.
Please take a few minutes to respectfully share your thoughts with county supervisors.
Tell them your experience with vaping, and; what role flavors are playing in your transition to a safer, smoke-free product. If you live in an unincorporated area of LA County, consider what it will mean if you lose access to a nearby vapor shop or if one is prohibited from opening.