NATO Action Results in Repeal of San Diego Advertising Restrictions1998 ordinance deemed a violations of First Amendment rights
Yesterday, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to repeal tobacco advertising restrictions that were first adopted by the city in 1998 and then extended to electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquid in June of 2014. This action to repeal the tobacco and electronic cigarette advertising restrictions was a direct result of actions taken by NATO, including a legal commentary letter sent to the San Diego City Council on June 28, 2014, which explained that the advertising restrictions violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The original San Diego ordinance adopted in 1998 prohibited retailers and businesses from placing or displaying (1) any advertising or promotion of tobacco products on a sign in a publicly visible location located within 1,000 feet of a school, playground, recreation center, child care center, arcade or library, and (2) any advertising sign for tobacco products on the inside or outside of the windows or doors of a retail store or business that was visible to the public from outside the establishment. The ordinance was then amended by the San Diego City Council in June of last year to extend the advertising and promotion restrictions to electronic cigarettes and electronic cigarette accessory products.
In its June 28, 2014, letter to the San Diego City Council, NATO explained that the restrictions on tobacco product advertising in San Diego ordinance and the proposed extension of these restrictions to electronic cigarettes, electronic cigarette paraphernalia, and vaping juice, raised significant constitutional issues.
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