Beverly Hills Becomes First U.S. City To Ban Tobacco Sales

The ordinance is believed to be the first of its kind ever implemented

The Beverly Hills City Council late Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on the retail sale of most tobacco products with a sweeping ordinance that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

The tobacco sales ban in the playground of the rich and famous is set to go into effect at the beginning in 2021. It will outlaw the retail sale of cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes sold in gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and grocery stores.

The 5-0 vote Tuesday followed the council last month supporting a draft ordinance, which carved out an exemption for upscale cigar lounges and hotels in the city.

“I thought this was just truly a landmark moment for our city, for our community,” Council Member Lili Bosse said prior to the vote. She added that outlawing tobacco sales is in step with Beverly Hills’ reputation as a healthy place and expressed confidence other cities will follow suit with their own bans.

In fact, Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch said at the Tuesday meeting that Manhattan Beach is looking at adopting its own ban on the sale of tobacco products. Several beach communities in Southern California already have smoking bans in public areas.

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