Los Angeles to Ban Flavored Tobacco

City Council hopes ordinance alleviates youth smoking issues. 

December 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council is moving a proposal forward that bans the sale of flavored tobacco products, reports ABC 7 News. The council’s Health, Education, Arts, Parks and Neighborhoods Committee voted on the issue, but eventually excluded menthol and hookah lounges, which are accessible only to those over 21, from the ordinance.

After a lengthy committee hearing on the issue, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell issued a statement: "I want to thank my colleagues in the committee today as we adopted my instructions to draft an ordinance that will protect young people from the devastating effects of vaping and nicotine addiction by taking flavored tobacco products off the market in Los Angeles. I also want to thank the City Attorney for the report that underscores the fact that these products are a danger to our youth. Thank you all who took time out of their day to provide public comment on this issue."

As part of his recommendation, the Councilman suggested that retailers of vaping and smoking products conduct assessments once the new laws take effect, and that businesses use ID scanners. The Council also discussed creating new, innovative educational opportunities in schools around tobacco use and addiction.

Los Angeles is one of many cities around the country that have enacted similar laws. The Los Angeles Daily News says that City Council hopes to conduct a survey in a year to see how the policies have worked.