Banning sale of filters also failed

08/04/2014 6:08 AM

08/04/2014 5:28 PM

Re "California Democrats accepting more campaign cash from tobacco industry" (Capitol & California, Aug. 2): Another bill that did not emerge from Isadore Hall's committee in 2014 was AB 1504. It was not mentioned in the piece on tobacco industry contributions to California democrats and the tobacco control bills that have been killed.

This bill would prohibit the sale of single-use filtered cigarettes, thereby protecting beaches and aquatic environments from tobacco product waste. It would also encourage quitting among smokers and discourage uptake among kids. The filter tip on almost all cigarettes has no health benefits and is non-biodegradable plastic. The bill will come up again for consideration in 2015, and this time, because of term limits, Hall will not be there to discourage other members from voting for the bill.

Let's hope that the Democrats on the committee and in the chambers will give it a fair hearing and support it as a common sense approach to toxic cigarette butt waste.

-- Thomas Novotny, San Diego

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