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Spectrum - August 7, 2020

Guest Opinion: City's flavored tobacco ban a win for our children

by Erwin Morton

After months of discussion, Palo Alto City Council this week gave final approval to a measure prohibiting retail sales of flavored tobacco products. This was the right thing to do, and I am grateful that the city took this important step.

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Erwin Morton is vice president for advocacy of Palo Alto PTA Council. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Posted by marc665
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 7, 2020 at 9:21 am

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Re: "... It does not limit what products adults can buy, possess and use; it restricts only the locations where certain products can be purchased. ..."

Sorry but if you can't buy something within a reasonable distance then you are limiting what an adult can buy.

I have no problem with banning sales to minor but there has been no indication that these businesses have been selling to minors.

/marc


Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 7, 2020 at 10:51 am

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

I was editor of the gunn Oracle in 1982 and our humor columnist was marsh McCall the son of the Classics professor of the same name.
He had a cartoon character named Shep, Who smoked —in those days there was a smoking tree at Gunn near the amphitheater and Gym. And there was a character obviously based on Dr. Norman Lewis, in charge of deportment. And the Dr. Lewis character said, “Shep, take that thing out of your mouth” and Shep said “where would you like me to put it?”


Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 7, 2020 at 11:25 am

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When they came for the flavored tobacco sellers I did not object because I was not a flavored tobacco cellar.… But when they come for the flabby middle-age guys with beards, are you with me?


Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 7, 2020 at 11:26 am

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

When they came for the flavored tobacco sellers I did not object because I was not a flavored tobacco seller.… But when they come for the flabby middle-aged guys with beards, are you with me?


Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 7, 2020 at 11:34 am

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

As a community member here on and off since 1974 and roughly 40 years, I’d be happy enough to know that young people have read and understand Hart crane the bridge or the continuum hypothesis; Let parents and the individual deal with smoking sex racism the planet capital punishment how loud you grunt when you speak to your maker etc. no establishment no hiding place we need more poets not nannies and ninnies. Or race car ya-ra’s, in long jackets and short skirts. Ah-yeh, that’s right. Get DOWN!


Posted by BHS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 10, 2020 at 10:49 am

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Well done, Erwin! Kudos to you, the Palo Alto Council of PTAs and the California State PTA. PTA was founded in February 1897, based on the shared desires of its first members to better protect and educate children, with advocacy at its core. In the years since, advocacy remains one of the best reasons to join the PTA. As this opinion piece demonstrates, PTA is so much more than your local bake sale and fundraising stereotype...it is a dedicated corps of thoughtful, hard-working and effective advocates for all our children. Thank you, PTA!


Posted by NeilsonBuchanan
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 10, 2020 at 11:39 am

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I have a different perspective than Mark. My parents were teenagers during the Roarin' 20s and they did not see the dangers of tobacco. My parents lived good lives but their lives were clearly cut short by their tobacco acceptance accelerated by WWII. During most of their adult life society avoided tobacco as health hazard for citizens of all ages.

Personal decisions and responsibility are and should be debated. Societal judgement aimed at "underage" tobacco risk is appropriate. Deterrence and education among younger citizens works. Stewardship for younger lives is being made town by town in the best manner possible by elected officials. Now courts will decide on Palo Alto Council's stewardship.


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