L.A. County Bans Flavored Tobacco Products
Flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes and flavored vaping devices, will no longer be sold in unincorporated parts of L.A. County.
The Board of Supervisors voted to ban the products unanimously Tuesday citing concerns about health and marketing to young people. The Board has also called for a statewide ban.
The ordinance takes effect within 30 days. Retailers were given 180 days to sell off existing merchandise.
“As the number of vaping-related deaths and hospitalizations climb, and as more states have taken steps to protect youth from the harmful effects of vaping products, we need to support our state leaders and ask them to step in to protect the public," said Supervisor Hilda Solis, referring to a vaping-related ling illness that has primarily affected users of illicit cannabis.
L.A. joins a growing list of jurisdictions quashing flavored tobacco and e-cigarette sales.