This week, the Goleta City Council voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance that will ban the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits, a change that affects 32 stores according to a press release issued by the city.
The ban will go into effect in December, and comes as a similar ban passed by the state legislature sits in limbo, to be decided by voters during the November 2022 election. While the state’s ban is on pause, cities and counties are able to pass their own bans.
“We have taken this action to protect the health and safety of our vulnerable youth,” said Mayor Paula Perotte via a press release. “Testimony from countless parents, teachers and medical professionals convinced us that this action is both justified and necessary.”
Goleta is located in Southern California, approximately 10 miles west of Santa Barbara. It is home to approximately 31,000 residents.