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Kern County Public Health Services Department to present potential options for tobacco, vaping control to Kern County Board of Supervisors

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 18:42:40-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Public Health Services Department said it will present potential options for tobacco control in the county to the Board of Supervisors next week.

In a letter to the board, health officials said its goal is to crack down on vaping and marketing of tobacco products to youth.

In August, a youth group named Students Working Against Tobacco gave a presentation to the board that detailed the negative impact that vaping and tobacco has on young residents in Kern County. The organization also talked about the vaping epidemic and how grade-school kids are discretely using vaping products in classrooms.

The letter said the board also adopted an ordinance that "implemented a risk-based approach to the permitting and inspection of tobacco retailers" in the county.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday , November 5.