Long Beach Pursuing a Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products
The Long Beach City Council took another step toward permanently prohibiting flavored tobacco products Tuesday night by approving a draft ordinance that would serve as a short-term ban on vape products citywide.
Why it matters
Last year the California state legislature passed SB 793, a law that would prevent the sale of electronic flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products. After Governor Newsom signed the bill into law back in August, a group funded by Big Tabacco called the California Coalition for Fairness was able to garner enough signatures to place a referendum on the ballot to repeal the law in 2022.
In 2019, the City Council approved a temporary ban on flavored tobacco products, but that ordinance expired last month.
The tobacco industry also won an injunction that blocked the ban from going into effect, per LA Times.
At least 60 California municipalities have enacted a flavored tobacco ban, Kelly Colopy, Director of Health & Human Services, told the Council.
What's in the ordinance:
The new law would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, except for items sold at hookah lounges and cigar stores.
There will be a three-month moratorium to allow vendors to sell flavored tobacco that they acquired between Jan 1 until Feb 9.