On December 12, 2017, the city of San Francisco was saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Mayor Ed Lee. Earlier this year, Mayor Lee helped usher in a landmark flavored tobacco ordinance that would restrict the sale of flavored tobacco (including menthol cigarettes) in San Francisco. When discussing big tobacco’s role within our communities, Lee stated “They’re trying to get vulnerable populations hooked. It’s not one cigarette like somebody might say or trying something out. It is being hooked that brings in the profit that continues the deep advertisements into vulnerable communities. This is about piercing the menthol veil. The candy veil. The false veil of advertising. And I’ll be really glad when this approaches my desk. I’ll be signing it with eager, eager anticipation.”
The LOOP will always remember Mayor Ed Lee not only as an ally in the fight against big tobacco, but also a champion for social justice. He will be greatly missed.