Food & Beverage Association Members and Associates,
Smoking in businesses has become a non issue since it is prohibited in California with out exception.
Smoking on outdoor patios continues to be legal in most San Diego cities unless by city ordinance it is prohibited---each business self determines their policy.
This would seem to be clear cut, not a problem, get on with life, but then comes Electronic Cigarettes, which are not really cigarettes-now what to do?
Electronic Cigarettes are metal tubes that look like a cigarette, containing a load of nicotine the user sucks in for a hit as if smoking a cigarette. A slight water vapor puff is expelled which looks like smoke and “dada” mission accomplished!
After fielding your questions we want to educate businesses about this new product, its legality and your options.
They are legal to use everywhere-they are not a tobacco product governed by state or federal law. A US Judge, in a 32-page opinion said the US Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have authority to regulate electronic cigarettes.
Can they be used in our businesses-Yes, but you decide if that is OK or not—we have attached examples of two signs you may use depending on your ruling. Even if you choose not to post a sign in public it would be very instructive to post for employees to see so they know what your policy is for consistent enforcement. As time goes on more people will be using electronic cigarettes!
Please contact us if you have any questions---619-228-2291
Have a Great One!!!
Stephen A Zolezzi
Executive VP, CEO
Food & Beverage Association San Diego County
3110 Camino del Rio South #315
San Diego, CA 92108