Sale of flavored tobacco is now banned in Long Beach

Long Beach will no longer allow the sale of flavored tobacco products effective July 2 after the City Council passed a temporary ban in January.

The prohibition includes flavored cigarillos, flavored electronic smoking devices (such as electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic pipes, electronic hookahs, vapes, vaporizers, and vape pens), flavored electronic smoking device fluid, including nicotine and non-nicotine products, and menthol cigarettes.

The new ordinance is in effect through Jan. 3, 2021, unless city leaders extend the law.

“Vaping is a known health risk and can lead to Vaping Associated Pulmonary Illness,” City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said in a written statement. “We must protect our community, especially our youth, through education and action.”

The ban does not include chewing tobacco or tobacco used for hookah.

The city’s Department of Health and Human Services will oversee enforcement of the new law. Businesses should expect increased inspections.

Those who do not follow the law could receive citations, suspension of their business license or denial or revocation of any permit issued by the city. Fines will be $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation, $500 for a third and for each subsequent violation within one year.

For information visit www.longbeach.gov/TREP or call the Tobacco Education and Prevention Program at 562-570-7950 or Tobacco Retail Enforcement Program at 562-570-7905.

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