Long Beach joins Los Angeles and SF in banning the products
A temporary ban on all flavored tobacco products is coming to Long Beach.
After a heated debate among City Council members and dozens of comments from the public, the panel voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Oct. 1 meeting to institute the ban, which includes vapor products and menthol cigarettes, until the city’s Health Department compiles the necessary research to assemble a thorough program to address the public health concerns associated with flavored tobacco.
The primary reasoning for the focus on flavored products was that they tend to target youth.
The decision to halt sales came the same day that L.A. County implemented a similar ban. Other cities, like Burbank, Beverly Hills, San Francisco and Fremont have also passed similar bans as accounts of lung injuries and deaths associated with vaping have grown.
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