Amidst budget hearings and concerns over policing in schools, Chicago Ald. Matt O’Shea, 19th, introduced an ordinance that seeks to place a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco ban within the nation’s third largest city.

The bill has already garnered co-sponsorship from 20 other aldermen. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also indicated her support for such a ban, noting that she is no longer willing to wait for a federal ban to be put in place.

The ordinance must now go through the city’s normal legislative process, meaning committee hearings and debate before it returns to the full council. If the Chicago City Council approves the ban, it would go into effect 60 days after its passage and publication.

The ordinance’s introduction comes just a few weeks after Los Angeles County was sued by three tobacco companies over its tobacco ban.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.