San Francisco passes landmark ban on sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol

In June, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the second reading of the strongest law in the country limiting sales of flavored tobacco products.  It prohibits sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, anywhere in the City and County of San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee has already said that he will sign the law.  It will take effect April 1, 2018. Supervisor Malia Cohen showed a real in-depth understanding and even challenged some of the “tobacco industry talking points” that were dutifully presented by some locals. While courageous and well-informed legislators are key to wins like this, so is all the spade work done by public health leaders, in this case Valerie Yerger, Phil Gardiner, and Carol McGruder, working with local leaders to counter the tobacco industry’s longstanding efforts to co-opt the African American (and other minority) leadership organizations. For more info, click here