The Marin County Board of Supervisors is considering an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the county.
A first reading of the proposed ordinances is on Sept. 11, and a merit hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Sept. 18.
The proposed ordinance prohibits the sale or offers for sale by any person or tobacco retailer of flavored tobacco products including electronic devices.
A report by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services says that flavored tobacco products promote youth initiation of tobacco use and acts to make young, occasional smokers become daily smokers by reducing or masking the harshness and taste of tobacco smoke.
According to the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says electronic cigarette use among middle and high school students increased by more than 800 percent between 2011 and 2015.
By James Lanaras