Oakland, Calif. is expected to debate whether it should become the fourth major city to ban flavored tobacco.

City Council members Annie Campbell Washington, D-4, and Larry Reid, D-7, are expected to introduce legislation that would outlaw flavored tobacco products. If passed, it would join Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York City as the other major U.S. cities with flavor tobacco bans.

Both of those bans allow for some exceptions: certain flavors like menthol and mint are allowed and all three cities–Minneapolis and St. Paul are independent cities–allow for exemptions for tobacco speciality stores. It’s unclear whether similar exemptions would be allowed under the proposed Oakland law.

The City Council is expected to formally take up the matter in the coming weeks.

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