Kansas City Smoke Free Coalition Opposes Flavor Ban, Sends Letter To Committee

Updated 11-10-2020

Update: Ordinance #200937 has been held in committee until December 2nd

 

Missouri Smoke Free joins with Kansas City Smoke Free Coalition to oppose a flavor ban on all tobacco and vapor products.  On behalf of the coalition, Missouri Smoke Free submitted a letter of opposition and recommendation today,  you may read it below.

In addition, a hearing is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday November 10th. No public comment will be accepted, so we urge our membership and allies to call the committee members below today.  Please leave a polite message.  If you are a consumer that has quit smoking with a tobacco harm reduction product, please kindly let them know which product and flavor you have used to quit.

 

 

November 9, 2020

To: Kansas City Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee
From: Kansas City Smoke Free Coalition
Re: Ordinance #200937 Prohibition on Flavored Nicotine and Tobacco
Cc:  Mayor Quinton Lucas and Kansas City Council Members
The Kansas City Smoke Free Coalition, comprised of the below organizations, strongly opposes a ban on flavored vapor products, smoke free tobacco, and nicotine alternatives.

 

  1. Missouri Smoke Free Alliance: a trade organization
  2. BRAVE advocates: a consumer group
  3. Missouri Smoke Free: an education and advocacy organization
  4. Kansas City retail store members

 The Kansas City Council should reject any attempt to remove flavors from smoke free vapor and nicotine alternative products. Numerous studies and health organizations have come to the conclusion that smoke free alternatives are orders of magnitude safer than continuing to smoke. Furthermore, The FDA has stated publicly and argued in federal court that mass removal of flavored vapor products risks sending millions of people back to smoking. The proposed flavor ban is the exact opposite of current FDA action and despite the claim that this law is intended to protect young people, it will only result in fewer adults quitting smoking and will serve to create a vibrant black market that doesn’t require identification. Kansas City Smoke Free Coalition has analyzed data for retailer compliance and so far this year retailers complied with minor sales ban laws at a rate of 95%.  We have attached data for years 2016-2020.

Given the low risks of vapor products and smoke free alternatives, there is no reason for the city to do anything to make vapor products less accessible, affordable, or attractive to adult consumers who are choosing to use a safer alternative to smoking. Make no mistake, this proposal doesn’t serve the interest of public health and should be rejected.  Should the committee move forward we request that all stakeholders are brought to the table, including both industry and consumer representatives.

Sincerely,

Aaron Todd                                                                  Ryan Metzger
VAPOR WORLD                                                         Vapur
1148 w 103rd                                                               8105 N Oak Trafficway
KANSAS CITY, MO                                                    Kansas City, MO 64118

Wayne Bush                                                                John Huck
Vapor Lab                                                                     Missouri Smoke Free Alliance
7801 N Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, Mo                                                          Adam Moll,  Missouri Smoke Free

Shannon Brown
Bistate Regional Advocates for Vaping Education

    

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