Flavored tobacco’s days are numbered in the City of Angels. On Tuesday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a city ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco, as reported by KABC 7. The move is particularly interesting in at least three ways:

  1. It’s Aimed At Vaping, But Affects All Tobacco

The ordinance seems to be all about vaping. It comes hot on the trail of a rash of vape-induced illnesses and at least a dozen deaths, including one in Los Angeles County. Every news story we’ve come across about the ordinance focuses on vaping and flavored e-juice. On the very same day that the board passed the ordinance, they also issued a message to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, asking him to pass a statewide ban on vaping. The law, which goes in effect in November, will largely effect vaping manufacturers, who in some cases almost certainly are targeting kids with flavored e-juice.

Despite that, however, the law will have all kinds of effects on greater tobacco usage in Los Angeles. Not least among those is the fact that …

  • It Bans Menthol Cigarette

Yep. Menthol. As in the stuff that makes Kools, Newports, and Camel Crushes taste minty fresh. The super popular variety of tobacco products is going to be outlawed in Los Angeles. Which is bound to piss a lot of people off. The only consolation is…

  • Users Won’t Be Penalized

As long as you’re of age, you can’t get arrested for smoking a Newport or vaping on cinnamon-flavored juice. And the new ordinance can’t stop you from buying it online either. What it can and will do, however, is stop local tobacco shops from selling flavored tobacco products.

Photo via Flickr user Vaping360

Natalie