L.A. County Could Soon Become Nation’s Largest Jurisdiction to Ban Flavored Tobacco for E-Cigarettes

A woman smokes an e-cigarette in France on March 13, 2014. (Credit: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman smokes an e-cigarette in France on March 13, 2014. (Credit: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images)

Los Angeles County could soon become the nation’s largest jurisdiction to ban the sales of flavored tobacco — a move aimed at fighting what public health officials increasingly call an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teenagers.

Under a proposed ordinance that the Board of Supervisors is expected to consider next month, stores in unincorporated areas would no longer be able to offer any tobacco products with a flavor in any form. That includes e-cigarettes with fruity pods of liquid nicotine, traditional menthol cigarettes, mint chewing tobacco and cream cigars, among other products.

The plan also would require new or existing tobacco shops to get business licenses, according to a draft of the ordinance viewed by The Times.

The new rules would be enforced starting in February 2020. Businesses that don’t comply could have their licenses suspended.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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