Redwood City, Calif. Passes Flavored Tobacco Ban, Other Sales Restrictions

At its most recent meeting, the Redwood City City Council unanimously passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products as well as other tobacco products sales regulations as part of its consent agenda.

rwcThe ordinance does create an exemption for businesses with a tobacco retailer’s permit that sell flavored tobacco for on-site hookah consumption, provided the business was operational and licensed as of Nov. 22, 2021. That exemption is not transferable or assignable to a subsequent owner of the business, however. There is no exception for premium cigars in the ordinance.

Also notable is that the ordinance prohibits the sale of all electronic cigarettes and electronic smoking devices, and bans all pharmacies from selling tobacco products by way of making them ineligible to obtain a tobacco retailer’s permit.

The ban will go into effect on April 1, 2022.

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