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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY DELAYS VOTE ON BAN ON FLAVORED E-LIQUID

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At the end of a contentious public session yesterday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors delayed a vote on an ordinance that will ban sale of flavored e-liquids.  The ordinance will close off the freedom of choice for thousands of citizens who use vaping to stay healthy and free from traditional combustible cigarettes.

Mark Block, founder of Electronic Coalition of America, testified as to reasons why the Board should vote “No” on the ordinance.  He candidly advised the Supervisors that they face litigation if they pass the ordinance. He also presented them with the Findings and decision of Hartland, Wisconsin and suggested they review them before voting.

After discussion of confusion within the terms of the ordinance, Supervisor Mitchoff, serving as chairwoman, led the move to remand the ordinance to staff for clarification.  She has in the past been very watchful where action by the Board would lead to loss of jobs, as in the case of a popular cap ‘n trade project she voted against because it would harm the jobs available to county citizens.

Block’s statement to the Supervisors was as follows:

The Coalition’s battle for the freedom to choose continues today in San Francisco where Block will testify against a banning ordinance  for San Francisco city and county, as he did in Contra Costa County.

Today’s delay in vote  is chalked up by Block as a win.  “Any time we can get a Board to delay a vote, it gives the citizens an opportunity to organize and show up at the next hearing to voice their opposition” said Block.  He added “We’re in a battle for freedom—-freedom to choose rather than to have the government choose for us.”

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