A unanimous move by the San Jose, Calif., city council last fall to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products will take effect soon.
Effective July 1, 2022, the sale of flavored tobacco in San Jose, California will be prohibited, as described in the city's Tobacco Retail Sales Ordinance.
"The ban applies to any tobacco product with artificial flavors, natural flavors, aromas, herbs or flavors, including but not limited to cherries, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa, coconut, coffee, grapes, licorice, menthol, mint, orange , pineapple, strawberry, vanilla and other flavors," according to the press release. "This includes products whose flavours are characterized by the smoke or vapour produced by the tobacco product."
Certain products are exempt from the ban, including hookahs, hookahs and premium cigars.
The New York City Code Enforcement Division, which oversees tobacco retailers in San Jose, will enforce the ban. After June 30, 2022, sellers of banned products may be fined up to $2,500 per day and/or have their tobacco license revoked.
Actions and ordinances updated by the City Council in the fall of 2021 include a ban on the opening of new tobacco retailers within 1,000 feet of facilities serving youth and within 500 feet of existing tobacco retailers. The requirement goes into effect on November 18, 2021.
The Code Enforcement Department facilitated updates to the Retail Tobacco Ordinance through a grant from Santa Clara County, which is coordinating with cities across the county on flavored tobacco bans.
San Jose and other cities continue to enforce local bans after California Senate Bill 793, which banned the sale of flavored tobacco statewide in 2020, was put on hold in November 2022 for a voter referendum that could repeal the measure.
As of April 1, 2022, 235 cities, mostly in California, have banned or restricted the sale of flavored tobacco, the US Foundation for Non-Smokers Rights reports.
A trilingual brochure produced by the Enforcement Department explains the tobacco retailer's ban and other rules in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.