Alameda County Passes Flavored Tobacco Restrictions
Alameda County has passed a ban on flavored tobacco sales in all unincorporated areas. The Board of Supervisors approved the motion last month on the heels of a nationwide youth vaping epidemic.
In addition to the retail ban, the new law prohibits redemption of tobacco product coupons, requires clerks to check IDs for any customers who look under 27 years of age, and limits the number of tobacco retail licenses. Affected areas include Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward Acres, San Lorenzo, and Sunol.
Alameda joins more than a dozen other jurisdictions with restrictions on flavored tobacco, including the Alameda County cities of Berkeley and Hayward.
Flavored tobacco products, particularly vapes, have proven popular with children and teens. On Jan. 2, the Trump administration announced a federal ban on most flavored e-cigarettes.