The largest city in the area is having a public hearing on Wednesday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the proposed ordinance 170441, introduced by Supervisor Malia Cohen.
The threat hasn’t gone unnoticed. A recent opinion piece by Damon L. Jacobs and Brian Fojtik challenges the city to live up to its pro-harm reduction principles for all citizens, including smokers and vapers. And an open letter to the San Francisco supervisors signed by representatives from several groups, including CASAA and the Log Cabin Republicans, makes similar points. Another op-ed by Carrie Wade has just been published in The Hill.
Despite the support from the op-ed writers, the city’s supervisors probably won’t care unless there is a show of force at city hall Wednesday. Because there are very few vape shops in San Francisco proper, it’s crucial that consumers attend this meeting and speak.
CASAA has issued a call to action, which offers tips on planning your short remarks. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking, please attend if possible. The visual effect of a diverse group of vapers opposing the ordinance could be very important.
Even if you’re unable to attend the meeting, the call to action has a link to easily send a pre-written message (which can also be altered and personalized) to the supervisors. Please don’t wait till after flavors are banned to get angry!