SAN FRANCISCO – This week, a majority San Francisco voters (68%) voted in favor of banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits, CNN reports. The ban includes flavored vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes.
Last year, city supervisors had approved a ban on flavored tobacco products, but opponents gathered enough signatures to bring it before voters. Supporters and opponents of Proposition E poured millions of dollars into fighting for or against it, with R.J. Reynolds shelling out close to $12 million to defeat the measure and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg giving more than $3 million to pass the measure.
Convenience stores have long fought against such ordinances, especially those in cities or counties within a state, because of the detrimental impact on sales. Measures such as this one are popping up all over the country. Other cities, including Oakland, California, have passed laws outlawing flavored tobacco products. Cities such as Duluth, Minnesota, and Worcester, Massachusetts, have prohibited convenience stores from selling these products.