Meeting Time: November 13, 2018 at 5:55pm PST
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a) REPORT 18-0684 CONSIDER AMENDMENT OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE ADDING CHAPTER 5.78 TO THE HERMOSA BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE (TOBACCO RETAILERS) REQUIRING LICENSURE OF TOBACCO RETAILERS AND LIMITING SALE OF ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES AND FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO REDUCE THE ILLEGAL SALE OF TOBACCO TO YOUTH AND AMENDING SECTION 1.10.040 TO MAKE VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 5.78 SUBJECT TO ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY PROCEDURES (Continued from meeting of August 25, 2015) (Community Development Director Ken Robertson)

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    Primo Castro about 1 month ago

    Dear City Council: I am the Government Relations Director for The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which is in support of this much needed policy in the city that aims to protect students in the city from becoming addicted to nicotine. If the city moves to ban flavored tobacco, a complete ban with no exemptions would be more effective. In addition to the flavored tobacco products listed in the policy language, we also ask that menthol and wintergreen flavors be included in the language. It is no surprise the tobacco industry has targeted communities of color through the use of flavored tobacco, including menthol. We support a minimum pack sizes for little cigars, but also ask that cigarillos also be sold in pack sizes to ensure consistency with other communities throughout California. The provision that no new tobacco shops should be within 500 feet of youth populated areas is a great way to protect our youth, if possible, we encourage this apply to all tobacco retailers. Thank you for your time in making Hermosa Beach a much healthier community for residents, students and visitors. We look forward in working with you in the near future.