The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors have approved a ban on flavored tobacco in unincorporated areas.
Four supervisors approved the ban with Peter Adam of the Fourth District dissenting.
The amended ordinance to Licensure to Tobacco Retailers includes requirements to prevent youth exposure to tobacco, including electronic smoking devices, also known as vaping, and flavored tobacco products. It also prohibits mail-order deliveries, coupons for discounted tobacco, and small pack sales.
The legal smoking age to buy tobacco is 21 years in the State of California.
Final approval of the ordinance is scheduled for December 17 and could take effect within 90 days if approved.
County Supervisors Consider Flavored Tobacco Ban
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors are meeting Tuesday to discuss a ban on flavored tobacco.
The ban will only be effective in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The proposed ordinance or County Code Chapter 37A – Licensure to Tobacco Retailers will include language that provides strengthened public health requirements for tobacco retailers in an effort to prevent youth exposure to tobacco, including electronic smoking devices and flavored tobacco products.
“The amendment provides a multi-pronged approach to address underage nicotine use and regulate businesses to prevent youth access to nicotine and tobacco products. The amendment includes language to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, prohibit small and inexpensive pack sizes, prohibit coupons that allow a consumer to purchase a tobacco product for less than the full retail price, prohibit the sale of any tobacco product to a consumer through a multiple-package discount or otherwise provide any such product to a consumer for less than the full retail price. This item will prohibit the mail-order, home delivery of tobacco products to consumers,” according to the county’s website.
The City of Santa Maria has already approved a similar ban.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports 42 people have died from complications with vaping prompting many local governments to take action.