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Columbus, OH – Stop a Flavor Ban!
12.01.22 – Public Hearing, 5:00PM, Columbus City Hall.
11.30.22 – Small business conversation will be held on Wednesday, November 30th, 5 pm: Small Business Community Engagement (Westgate Community Recreation Center, 455 South Westgate Ave, Columbus, 43204) and a second public hearing will be held on December 1.
11.09.22 – Public Hearing, 4:30 PM, City Council Chambers
10.26.22 – A public hearing on the flavor ban ordinance is expected on November 9, 2022. (City Council Chambers, 4:30 PM)
10.21.22 – Location for town hall announced: Reeb Center, 280 Reeb Ave., Columbus.
10.13.22 – Although a bill has not been introduced, a town hall is scheduled for October 25. A public hearing on a bill is expected on or around November 15.
An ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored vapor products (and possibly other smoke-free nicotine products) is moving to a hearing in the Columbus City Council. The ordinance is expected to receive a second a public hearing on
Thursday, December 1, 2022
- Time:5:00 PM
- Place:Columbus City Hall
90 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
If you would like to provide written testimony, or sign up to speak during the hearing (3-minute limit), please email Anisa Liban at AALiban@columbus.gov with the subject line “Flavored Tobacco Public Hearing #2” with your NAME and ADDRESS by noon on the day of the event.
Prior to the public hearing, take a moment to send a message to your council members urging them to resist banning safer alternatives to smoking. Even if you do not live in Columbus, your voice matters! If the flavor ban is enacted here, the policy is likely to ripple out into surrounding communities, pushed by a well-funded prohibition campaign.
Use the form on this page to send your message. Be sure to edit the email to include your story about switching to vaping.
Make plans to attend the public hearing on 11/9. Even if you don’t plan to speak, your presence is vital to showing how many people are affected by this issue.
We look forward to future community conversations and public hearings. We will hold in-person and virtual conversations with small businesses on November 2nd, 16th and 30th. We will hold a public hearing on November 9th.— Columbus Council (@ColumbusCouncil) October 25, 2022
- Urge committee members to oppose the flavor ban ordinance which would restrict your ability to use low-risk alternatives to smoking and send people back to smoking or to buy their vapor products from informal sources.
- Briefly, share your story about switching to vaping and what role that flavors play in helping you live smoke free.
- Note any health changes you’ve experienced.
- Briefly, discuss what losing access to a local supply of vapor products will mean for you (Will you shop out-of-state, in neighboring cities, or online? Will you make your own e-liquid at home or purchase products on an underground market?).
- Be brief, Be kind, and Say Thank You 🙂
For those new to vaping or just generally unfamiliar with federal regulations, the premarket tobacco application (or PMTA) deadline was September 9, 2020. This application is required to keep or bring new tobacco/nicotine products on the market. It is estimated that 95% to 98% of vapor manufacturers will not be able to afford this process and will not be capable of filing on time.
But 98% is not 100% (as the antis are fond of saying).
The FDA has already approved some new tobacco products that are being sold in flavors other than tobacco (specifically mint, menthol, and wintergreen). In the weeks prior to the September deadline, the FDA accepted for review several applications for bottled e-liquid in flavors ranging from tobacco to cereal to fruit. Despite the rhetoric from certain members of congress and the incessant pro-drug war drum beat of tobacco prohibitionists, FDA is still capable of authorizing flavored smoke-free nicotine products for market. Moreover, FDA may even allow manufactures of these products to market them as safer than cigarettes, if they apply for and receive a modified risk order.
A flavor ban in Columbus would undermine any decision by FDA to allow low-risk flavored tobacco products on the market after having met the “appropriate for the protection of public health” standard. Even without involving the FDA, flavor bans are being enacted without thorough consideration of the negative consequences. Sales data from Massachusetts and New York suggest that many people who were vaping prior to the flavor bans simply returned to smoking.
While a flavor ban may amount to an inconvenience for teens experimenting with substance use, it is actively harming parents and other adults who are trying to quit smoking.