June 04, 2018
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy Public Health
Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced its support for Proposition E, which would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products that are regularly marketed to children and young adults in the City and County of San Francisco.
“CMA has long been at the forefront of advocating for public health prevention and education awareness programs for tobacco use reduction and cessation,” said CMA President Theodore M. Mazer, M.D. “Tobacco is deadly regardless of the flavor, and flavored tobacco products that are designed to appeal to children threaten the progress made in reducing and eliminating tobacco use over the past fifty years. Proposition E is a sensible public health measure to ensure these harmful products do not create a new generation of Californians addicted to tobacco.”
Proposition E would affirm the Board of Supervisors’ resolution to amend the health code of the City and County of San Francisco to ban the sale and distribution of any flavored tobacco products. Under Proposition E, violations of the ban would result in the suspension of tobacco sales permits, a notice of correction or a notice of determination. Proposition E will appear on the local June 2018 ballot in San Francisco.
In its support, CMA joins a broad coalition of parents, doctors, health organizations and community groups working to protect our children and youth from becoming addicted to flavored tobacco products. For more information on Proposition E, visit https://sfkidsvsbigtobacco.com/.
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The California Medical Association represents the state’s physicians with more than 43,000 members in all modes of practice and specialties. CMA is dedicated to the health of all patients in California. For more information, please visit cmadocs.org, and follow CMA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.