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not acknowledge the young people that have been working on this ordinance since 2008 that are in the room and i would like to give them a round of applause. this works with the youth leaders to shape the policies like these, and that work and that create a long term impact and i want to say that the youth leadership has been funded by the department of health that has made the serious investment in public health and really thinking about how youth development and how we tap into the youth development to create social change that is meaningful. the equation, this was something that leaders young people in 2008, developed, the idea around more outlet and people with more access, equals more disease and death and i know that is something that is outlined throughout the presentation and i do want to say quickly, that the outlets that we are talking about have been partners, and have been voices and leaders really in
shaping this policy, to insure that their voice was heard, along the way so i want to acknowledge their leadership. >> you have seen the maps, and we hope that in 15 or 10 years this policy is going to impact these maps and you are going to see it spread out across san francisco. and thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you for empowering, and supporting young people's leadership with omi as well, but thank you. >> hello, and thank you. thank you, supervisors for your time. and so, this what these statistics are basically showing is basically what we have all about saying is that neighborhoods with low income and higher number of youth are targeted. >> this has 270 permits in the district and opposed to the inner sunset that only has 37 and you can see that the household income is severely
different. the one in soma had 38,000, and the inner sunset has almost 100,000, you can see that they are being targeted and the other 6 districts are also, highly impacted by these tobacco densities. and the reason that we are doing this is basically because we want to create health equity among the entire city of san francisco this is not just youth it effects everyone, the city financially, health wise, and just going to improve everyone's health in san francisco. and we will insure health equity over the next ten to 15 years through this policy. we did a survey in 2009, and in four different neighborhoods and 83 percent supported the limits of tobacco sell ng san francisco and we have conducted another survey which also showed that 80 percent of people supported our policy and supported the decrease of the tobacco outlets and also they felt that having numerous
tobacco outlets, each block was too much. >> and the last one was just, we have over 900 endorsements of people supporting us and we would like to thank you supervisors for all of your support and hard work. >> and if it is you and you organized really an amazingly effective campaign and just to have that much support is really a testament to the hard work that you have done, but thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> hi my name is monroe and i am (inaudible) and i support the policy that we are trying to pass right now. so basically i live on treasure island is really a lot of tobacco outlets but when i go to soma or china town or to the mission, the education from, and i also have to see all of these tobacco let's and it makes me want to try it and not just me and my peers want to try it. and there is also like kind of
messed up because after the shows and you see from the map that it is targets people of colored youth and also, lgbtq and also the people who have the teen line and also you can see if you see it in the map that you can see that. and it is targeting it by having it right there so it really makes a problem and not just for me, but for everybody and also i have asthma and it is also part of my family and we have to live in that. and so it really makes us really unhealthy. thank you, and i hope that you support our policy. >> could you say what high school you are from and what grade. >> i am from cono, and i am in the ninth grade. >> thank you. [ applause ] >> next speaker. >> good afternoon, my name is
fred tamko. and i would like to introduce and... and community leader. well, also i am independent of the tobacco industry and the sector and i have smoking since i was 13 years old and about 30 years ago i know how easy for the access to get i seg cigarette in the store and i started to smoke and get addicted to them as i became a chemical dependant. and now i am suffering the heart and lungs continue and several and possibly i have cancer and asthma. and i could become vegetable after getting a stroke and and paralyzed and die quickly, most of my family die this way, my chances are for my life is to create smoking cigarette in support to eliminate the
cigarette to the population and it will save a millions of lives because of the quantity and the quality pays for the process, and the price of smoking should be prohibited and the human, and as we know, we are (inaudible) smoking cigarette and once we start it is very addictive. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> (inaudible).
>> next speaker. >> thank you. >> good afternoon, my name is cathy otto... >> could you hold the microphone closer. >> my name is cathy otto and i am a volunteer legislative ambassador for the american cancer society and i live in san francisco and thank you for inviting me here. and i have supervisor mar mentioned, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. low income neighborhoods and those with people of color have a greater number of tobacco retailers in san francisco. and these neighborhoods also have a greater number of tobacco related diseases. and the tobacco industry markets heavily to youth and ethnic minorities that lost a lot of the adult and reducing the density of the retailers and prohibiting them to being near the schools will over time
reduce the number of tobacco ads they will be exposed to and will reduce access to tobacco by youth. we all know if you make something inconvenient for people they won't do it. and if you make it really convenient, it is very easy for them to do it. we know that the tobacco industry is well aware that most smokers start before age 18. and nearly 100 percent began before age 26. i know this because, i taught smoking cessation classes for the american cancer society for many years. when i asked the students their age when they started it was 14 to 16, and they never stopped. and they were like 50 or 60 for the first time trying to stop and some of them have lung caner by then, by reducing this access the youth are less likely to start smoking, nationwide, one-third of the illegal sales of tobacco to youth occur within 1,000 feet of a school.
communities across the state are recognized the link between tobacco, retailers and schools. we urge you to support the strongest possible amendment to the existing ordinance, and thank you very much. >> thank you. >> i wanted to just first say that the next three speakers have educated me so much on this issue and they are the tremendous leadership that has created this policy that we hope will become law in san francisco. i want to say besides, secaros, we are going to hear from presscott and (inaudible) and they are really the face of tobacco youth reduction force and the creation of this policy, amanda? [ applause ] >> thank you, my name is amanda prescott and i am a staff member of the youth leadership institute and i am here to express my support for the proposed density policy, all youth receive the same
education about the harmful effects of tobacco use, but for some reason the environment they live in shows reality that it is okay to live in an area saturated with outlets that far exceed that of affluent communities, and all that you learned in school about the harmful effects of tobacco use will only benefit affluent youth who don't have to walk past multiple outlets on the way to school or just walking down the street, this is a public health issue and a social justice issue and an issue that we need to practice what we preach when we are talking to young people about their health. i believe that now more than ever, through the partnership with merchants who care deeply about the youth and the communities of san francisco, we can advocate to make it a healthy place, please support this policy, thank you. >> hello. my name is malina san ders and
i am representing the bay view district and the youth, leadership institute and i am the student at a college in san francisco and i have been working with the turf policy and our team for over three years now. and we conducted a lot of research and some of the research shows a number of permits around all of the districts and mostly in the low income neighborhoods. and they are targeting people of color, and youth. and i think that this turf policy is a positive move towards creating different numbers lower numbers, and it is good for, the residents and also the business owners, in these neighborhoods. and i just wanted to say that small businesses, owners are partners in this and do i want to recognize that they have a big leadership role in the passing of this policy. >> thank you. >> thank you.
>> hello, supervisors, and i am really excited to be here and i could not speak last night because i was overly excited and right now the caffeine is talking but the excitement. but i just want to be, i am so grateful for all of these people showing up and all of my jeans and everything that goes through the association and for partnering with us and i am wearing my old t-shirt from six years ago because we have been working on this for so long and it is something that we are very passionate about because tobacco has been an issue, in our city for so long and it is not fair that we continue to suffer with the effects of tobacco any longer. our communities, deserve better, we should be living in the healthier place where we get healthier options where we can walk around without passing a bunch of smoke and influences such as advertisements to tell us us to buy this and it is just really not fair. and we should, and we should be
having more tobacco entering the communities and right now i am working and in the mission, and everywhere i go, tobacco, tobacco, tobacco and it is not just targeting young people, like patty mentioned earlier it is effecting everyone, the people of color, low income, and the elderly, the young people and everyone and it is effecting everyone and so this is a cause that we should all be working together and i am so glad and i am so happy to see so many support again, here because this is an issue that we are taking matters in our own hands today and we went down and dirty to get our hands dirty for this work and i think that it is time for you guys, to pass this. and it has been too long, 6 years. and i really encourage you all to pass this today and thank you, supervisor mar for supporting us for so long, and also, and supervisor campos for always, speaking out for us as well, and i really appreciate every single one of you and all of the rest of the supervisors that have been helping us, thank you. >> thank you.
>> hi, supervisors my name is brenda, and i am from the russian hills, part of the city and i have been a san francisco resident my whole life and i am a young advocate with the program (inaudible) and it is for the limited density of tobacco and influence around the city and so i have a friend in the tender loin and block by block you can see like at least when i guarantee. the tobacco outlet. and seeing like a problem, or an issue but when you look at it more in depth you can see that the tobacco outlets are the gateway for the tobacco for youth and you know as a tobacco are constantly on display and the youth along with many others are exposed to such a problem and in addition, to this, my friend a family is low income, and (inaudible) tobacco density is greatest in the neighborhoods where the incomes of the families are lower and so trying to pass is to cap the number of outlets in the district and i hope that you
guys will support us in getting this policy passed thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> i am going to call a few more names, we have the director of our office of small business, and nate from the youth leadership and brian davis. salena from horizon, unlimited, and brian stegner. samara whit. and ferad karashi as well, and jose louis from ta sf. next speaker? >> hi, my name is (inaudible) and i live in district eight or the twin peaks district of san francisco i am a youth for turf which is a program (inaudible) and i am standing before you here today to show you my support for this policy and to ask your your support. the neighborhood where i live is the valley and the neighborhood where my school is
located which is in the heights, and there is barely me tobacco outlets only a few blocks away and in the tender loin there is a lot, and it is such a small distance that a young different in lack of density and some neighbors, like the tender loin it is normal to see a lot of the tobacco outlets and smokers but in neighborhoods like the heights it is not that normal. and i think that is because of the lack of density and also they target the low income communities and the people of color and youth and lgbtq communities and i am at least in two of those, i am a person of color and so i am a youth and i am being targeted by this and i know that we can and it is not fair that i am being targeted for being who i am and how many of you or the people that you care about are targets. >> thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> okay. thank you, for also supporting
empowerment of young people. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. i am a proud resident of the wonderful district eight, and work ends up as district nine, there are 2900 families looking to do what my parents did provide a better quality of life. when the lower district such as 6 and 9 are inundated with tobacco and we are limiting these fakly and their children's ability to live a hel ygt live, the communities over concentrated with tobacco influences have higher smoking rates that leads to the higher rates of completely prevent able diseases and within the 500 feet of my workplace there
are three tobacco retailers, and the back of this room is largely from the mission and i will tell you the same thing and so today, i thank you for standing with me, and with meta and protecting the well-being of our youth in our children. thank you. >> thank you. >> and good afternoon i am bob and one of the partners. and we have been in business for 16 years in san francisco. and we have been working when we need to, to on different legislation that we work together in 2010, and supervisor mar, but, we are in support of this legislation. and there is this one, and as far as i got a phone call last night from the small business administration, and realizing that we would be impacted and so i get an e-mail to your office this morning and within an hour and a half, made a call back. and i know doing a last minute, proposed amendment to the
legislation is not ideal and your office was very responsive. and i appreciate the opportunity. and so the only thing that we ask for is if we can have the same proposed minutes that are provided for the tobacco shops and the retail. and so i know that you guys are working on a version of that language and we appreciate it. and the last thing, is how impressive it is to these kids young adults speaking better than i am right now, and something that they believe in and it is very impressive so thank you for your time. >> thank you and i will make sure that nick and i are talking with you right afterwards, so that we can try to address the issues that you have raised. >> thank you. >> and thank you. >> i see bob davis is the tremendous leader in the tobacco free coalition as well. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. and yes, my name is brian davis and i am here speaking i may be
the only one, speaking on behalf of the lgbt community and san francisco, today. and in regards to this issue. and i do live? san francisco and i am sender about the fact that the community does smoke, about twice as much as the general population here in san francisco. and in many other places. and that is because of the phobia and we all know that most of us, and most of all of us who start smoking start smoking before we are 18 and that is the toughest time to grow up as an lgbt person and so anything that is out there that helps to reduce the exposure to our community and all communities to tobacco, and during that period of our lives, and beyond, when we are facing greater stress as we see people and more likelihood that we will turn to tobacco as a means of reliefing that stress.
so, thank you very much for your support. and we look forward to your seeing this become a law here in san francisco. >> thank you. >> and i saw that mirium from the grocer association has come here and her name has been called and so she should come forward if you can. the next speaker? >> i am a member of the san
francisco prevention coalition and as well as the program director, and for the substance abuse prevention as well and i think that most importantly i am here as a long standing resident of san francisco. and our i want to date myself, but our family has been around in the mission district for over 80 years and so this has been an issue of great importance to us and i usually have a tendency to focus on data and things like that, but i think that has already been demonstrated here. and i think that what excites me the best this is the opportunity to address the social injustice and it will be a huge victory and a win for all of the residents of san francisco, obviously in particular, the low income communities and the communities of color. and i want to keep it a little bit light. and as a parent, for the most part, i have a 15-year-old son, and they are currently is an
educational campaign, on tv, that says, florida which is known for the night life and parties and things like that has drastically reduced teenage smoking rates and it says come on states what are you waiting for? my son says wouldn't that be cool if san francisco was on the map and i told my son i am coming to a hearing and i will make that challenge, i want to challenge the supervisors and the community to really pass this law and really ask, you know, come on san francisco, what are you really waiting for? >> thank you. >> thank you. >> regina is the director of the office of small business. >> good afternoon supervisor and thank you, supervisor mar and campos. the small business commission is going to be hearing the item on monday. so this does not do not have an official response, but i thought that it was important to come and acknowledge i think that one of the key items in the original draft of the
legislation that they would have raised was around the retention value of existing businesses. and so, i did want to come and express my appreciation to you and your staff and to the coalition, for working with the arab american grocers and also sensitive to the last minus you that i have brought forward that we are addressing, i think one of the key concerns that the commission would have brought up and made a recommendation to change. so thank you. >> thank you. >> i am going to read a few more names, emily from mission sf, and steven layman from healthy corner coalition, and don from healthy corner coalition and ryan fayer. abnifiv, katia and anelia sanadad, next speaker.
>> my my is ryan, and i was a former member of the tobacco youth reduction force when i was 17 and a junior in high school and i have been passionate about this passing and taking effect of the day that i joined i was a hyper kid who had asthma and it would be triggered by my friends or family smoking tobacco around me and i have been hospitalized several times as a kid and i can feel for the youth who also have asthma and feel the comfort in the basic need of breathing, when there is abundant amount of tobacco. let's take back our turf thank you. >> i would like to thank you
for framing this as a social injustice, and that is what it is, there is a lot of health disparities associated with that too and it is about addressing the inequities in the community. and this is also a policy of the national and as usual, san francisco continues to lead the field. and we hope that this can continue, demonstrating the power of young people, and the collaboration of community stage organizations and the health organizations and the health experts and the community residents and of course, the store merchant and thank you for sending a message for big tobacco and we will no longer be target and thank you to all of the youth in the room and the generations of the youth people that made this happen, thank you. >> thank you. >> how are you doing? >> supervisor mar, campos, and thank you for having me and, my name is mahia and i work with
the transitional youth in san francisco, and i am here to speak in full support of you passing this policy. and on behalf of tay sf and the city wide board, but more importantly i am here to speak as a san francisco resident, and i was born here in san francisco, in the mission district, and i grew up in east oakland and where i lived now. and to be honest with you i am one of those young people who grew up smoking early and i ended upstarting to smoke when i was in the 6th grade. and to be very straight forward with you i am still working on quitting now. you know? and in the mission like the data clearly shows is one of the neighborhoods where the very, very much, a dense amount of outlets there. and where i reside now. and it is a similar case. now, i am a father and i am raising a 5-year-old daughter. and i have a 8-month-old or
today, a 9-month-old boy who i am raising in the excelcior and we live on mission street where a lot of these outlets are located and i really want to insure that as i am raising them here as i want to in my hope is to continue to raise them here, and that, they don't have these attractions, and they don't have these ads that are so heavily populated and in our neighborhood that are targeting them. and i want to insure that their reality is a different one than mine was and that those things are not aluring them, and like they did for me. very early on. and starting in 6th grade. and so thank you for your support, and i want to really thank the youth leadership institute and all of these amazing young people and the adult allies right here and because this is what it is about and they are exemplifying it and thank you for being there and standing with them. thank you. >> thank you.
>> thank you for helping us to craft the legislation. >> thank you, supervisor mar and campos. i am glad to be here today and i want to thank all of the parties involved and those who sat down with us and despite the lamb and the chicken the negotiations were tough and i am glad that we came to some good compromises and a legislation that i am really excited to see driven by youth and youth leadership, and i am board member with the arab american grocer's association and i am the only young person on it they are all like my uncles. so it is tough to fight for what you believe in in the city and what i believe in too and we can't overlook that small, family businesses who survive and live in a changing landscape and i am