Cigarettes, cigars, dissolvable products, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and water pipes all fall under the Tobacco category and the ban is expected to fall into place from January 1, 2021.
Soon, getting your hands on tobacco products in Beverly Hills, California is going to be a tough task or should we say, illegal? The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting the sale of most tobacco products on Tuesday, reports CNN.
The National Association of Tobacco Outlets says this crackdown is the first of its kind in the United States. Cigarettes, cigars, dissolvable products, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and water pipes all fall under the Tobacco category and the ban is expected to fall into place from January 1, 2021.
The unanimous decision comes following public input and recommendations from the City’s Health and Safety Commission, reads a statement by the City Council. “This reflects the values of our community,” said Mayor John Mirisch. “We are a City that has taken the lead on restricting smoking and promoting public health. Somebody has to be first, so let it be us.” Tobacco retailers including gas stations, convenience stores, and pharmacies will be affected by the ordinance.
However, those exempted from the ban will be cigar lounges and hotels will be allowed to sell tobacco to their guests, too. There are 28 establishments in Beverly Hills that have permits to sell tobacco products, out of which three are cigar lounges.
Several businesses have already protested the ban, claiming that the ordinance will affect them in terms of revenue. Nonetheless, there is an exemption for retailers that prove the ban would cause extreme hardship.
The City Council then stated that they will review the impact on tourism in three years. Beverly Hills has received an A grade from The American Lung Association for tobacco control. The city has already established strict rules on where people can and cannot smoke.
The council too believes that public health benefits outweigh the loss in business profits. Sadly, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets said the Beverly Hills ordinance will not reduce tobacco usage.
"Adults will simply drive to adjacent cities to purchase their preferred tobacco products," said Thomas Briant, the group's executive director. "It is likely that convenience stores in Beverly Hills will close because they rely on in-store tobacco sales for about one-third of their gross sales."
Tim Sylvia took to Twitter to comment: This is awesome. Hope many follow of this nasty and disgusting habit. The grossest thing on the planet if you ask me. Just seeing someone smoking grossed me out. And if you say you're a die-hard hunter and you smoke. That’s a lie cause you stink of...