The Kansas City, MO Finance, Governance, and Public Safety Committee will continue discussing an ordinance banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products on June 16, 2021. Per City Staff, no public testimony will be heard at the meeting, but written comments can be submitted. Details for submitting written comments are listed below.
Kansas City Finance, Governance, and Public Safety Committee Meeting Details:
–Date: Wednesday, June 16th
–Time: 10:30 AM Central
— Location: 414 E. 12th Street Kansas City, MO 64106, 26th Floor, Council Chambers (Meeting can also be viewed online)
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|Kevin O’Neill||1 (At-Large)||Kevin.ONeill@kcmo.org||816-513-6503|
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|Kevin McManus (Mayor Pro Tem)||6||Fred.email@example.com||816-513-6525|
Missouri Smoke Free, a public health non for profit and tobacco harm reduction organization submits comments in opposition to ordinance #200937.
-The Kansas City Council should reject any attempt to remove flavors from smoke free vapor and nicotine alternative products.
–FDA has recognized a continuum of risk, whereas smoke free nicotine products are the lowest risk and cigarette smoking is the highest risk. In other words: Vaping isn’t killing Kansas City residents, smoking is.
–Banning flavors in vapor products while exempting flavored tobacco in adult only facilities is a cigarette industry tactic to eliminate their competition and will only promote deadly cigarette sales. Cigarette companies do not offer a wide variety of flavors in vapor products that small vape shops do, they are willing to sacrifice their products sold in convenience stores to protect their number 1 selling product: Cigarettes. Moreover, the majority of vape shops are adult only facilities that card adults at the door.
-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. This ordinance is a prohibition on adult choice, if any action is taken, it is preferable to enhance education and enforcement of the current tobacco 21 law.
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.