Help Protect San Francisco Kids

Tobacco companies are scheming to hook another generation of kids to their deadly products.

About the Campaign

San Francisco Kids vs. Big Tobacco is a coalition of parents, doctors, health organizations and community groups working to protect our children and youth from the addictions of candy flavored tobacco products.

In June 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors made a trailblazing, unanimous, decision to ban the sale of candy-flavored tobacco products in the city. Many local, statewide and national organizations supported this legislation, but the tobacco industry, fearing a loss of economic profit is trying to overthrow our power to decide what’s right for our community.

Don’t let Big Tobacco reverse a landmark and unanimous vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Vote YES on Prop E on the upcoming June 2018 ballot.

The research and evidence is clear: flavored tobacco products have a profound adverse impact on public health, resulting in more smoking and subsequently more death and disease from tobacco use.

Over 80 percent of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product and with over 7,000 flavors available for purchase, these products undermine efforts to reduce youth tobacco use.


Get Involved

Tobacco companies are scheming to hook another generation of kids to their deadly product. We must protect our children by upholding the ban on selling candy-flavored tobacco products like gummy bear, banana smash, mint, cherry, chocolate, and grape.

Join our efforts to protect our children and youth from tobacco addiction, join us for an evening phone bank, a neighborhood-canvassing event on Saturdays, or various visibility events throughout San Francisco.

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Tobacco companies are responsible for the deadly harm caused by its products. This harm includes the targeted marketing and manipulation of candy-flavored products and menthol which disproportionately target children, especially those in communities of color.

In June 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. Mayor Ed Lee signed the ordinance into law; it was the last health initiative he signed before his passing.

Supporters: Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, London Breed, Sandra Lee Fewer, Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin, Hilary Ronen, Ahsha Safai, Jeff Sheehy, Katy Tang, Norman Yee

San Francisco is joined by other Bay Area cities to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes, cigars and menthol cigarettes. Some of our partners include:

Tobacco Control Health Organizations

African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
Coalition of Lavender-Americans on Smoking and Health (CLASH)
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition
Smoke-Free Marin Coalition
Tobacco Awareness Project at UCSF School of Pharmacy
Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund

Health & Social Services Organizations

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Asian American Research Center on Health
Bay Area Community Resources
Breathe California
California Hepatitis C Task Force
Cameron House
Community Health Education Institute
Good Shepard Gracenter
Japanese Community Youth Council
Lifelong Medical Care
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
NICOS Chinese Health Coalition
North East Medical Services
Pharmacists Planning Services Inc
Pharmacy Defense Fund
Physicians for Social Responsibility, SF Bay Area Chapter
Public Health Advocates
Public Health Institute
Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
Samoan Community Development Center
San Francisco Asthma Task Force
San Francisco Bay View
San Francisco Dental Society
San Francisco Health Plan
San Francisco Marin Medical Society

Youth & Children Organizations

Asian Youth Prevention Services
Center for Youth Wellness
Pediatric Asthma Clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee
San Francisco Unified School District School Health Programs
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education
St. Anthony Foundation
Vietnamese Youth Development Center
Youth Leadership Institute

Political Organizations

South Beach D6 Democratic Club

Neighborhood Organizations

Telegraph Hill Dwellers

Individuals from Organizations

Alice Hm Chen, MD, MPH*
Amy Farah Weiss, Former State Senator/Mayoral Candidate
Brendan Burkart, Certified Asthma Educator*
Ellen Lee Zhou, San Francisco Mayoral Candidate
MaryLou Licwinko, JD*
Monica Walters, Wu Yee Children’s Services*
Monique Schaulis MD*
Nanah Park, MD*
Steve Heilig, Co-Editor, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics*

San Francisco Elected Officials

David Chiu, California State Assemblymember
Fiona Ma, California State Board of Equalization
Mark Leno, Former State Senator/ Mayoral Candidate
Scott Wiener, California State Senator District 11

*Organization and endorser name for identification purposes only