Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors passed her motion to send a five-signature letter to the County’s legislative delegation and to State Sen. Jerry Hill in support of his bill, SB 793, which bans the sale of flavored tobacco, menthol cigarettes, and vaping products in brick-and-mortar stores in California:

 

“As the number of vaping-related deaths and hospitalizations climb, I thank our state leaders for stepping in and joining the numerous cities and states addressing this epidemic. Fifty-five deaths associated with vaping products have been confirmed nationwide, including one fatality in LA County.

 

“Over 30 California jurisdictions have taken notice and adopted ordinances to ban flavored tobacco products. In November 2019, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to enact a ban on flavored tobacco products, which will take effect in June 2020.

 

“As the Board of Supervisors this past fall unanimously prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco products in unincorporated LA County, I remain steadfast in my resolve to support our California state officials as they explore options to protect the health and well-being of the general public.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, 213-359-0795, or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov