WOODLAND, Calif. — The City of Woodland voted Tuesday to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits. The ban will go into effect on April 1, 2020.
Yolo County already prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco products in 2016, but Woodland became the first city within the county to adopt the ordinance, according to City Manager Paul Navazio.
Navazio told ABC10 the reason why the city moved forward with the ban is that Woodland Joint Union School District passed a resolution that would urge the city to implement the county law.
Navazio said the headlines of news about people dying from vaping-related illnesses did not so much inspire the city adopting the county ordinance.
The decision was a reaction to studies that suggest younger people are increasingly smoking tobacco products because they were adducted to flavored tobacco products.
"Everyone knows cigarettes are bad," Navazio said. "But how bad could bubblegum vape be without realizing it may be worse?"
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Another reason why the school district is cracking down on underage smoking is that students can hide the fact they are vaping. Some products are disguised as common things like highlighters or even the drawstring of a hooded sweatshirt, Navazio said.
The law does not forbid people from smoking flavored tobacco products. Specifically, it bans the sale of flavored tobacco products.
ABC10 reached out to Woodland vape shop owners about the city adopting the county law, but none have responded as of publication.
To read the ordinance, click here.
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