City Mandated Flavored Tobacco Ordinances
Is Flavored Tobacco A Thing of The Past In California?
What constitutes "flavored tobacco"? How could this have unintended consequences across the industry as a whole?
Many cities within California have passed ordinances that ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including cigars, little cigars, pipe tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Each city ordinance differs in its requirements regarding which stores it affects and which products are prohibited.
LIST OF CITIES THAT HAVE A FLAVORED TOBACCO ORDINANCE IN PLACE
LIST OF CITIES THAT ARE PENDING REVIEW OF A FLAVORED TOBACCO ORDINANCE
FEDERAL BAN ON FLAVORED CIGARETTES
21 United States Code Section 387g
This provision only applies to cigarettes or cigarette component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) as required by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Cigarettes and their component parts must not contain any artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke. The Secretary of the HHS has the authority to ban menthol or any artificial or natural flavor, herb, or spice not specified on this list.
Any person who violates this provision shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $15,000 for each violation and up to $1 million for multiple violations ruled on in a single proceeding.