While it still has a ways to go before it can become law, a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco in Los Angeles got a boost this week as the city council’s Health Committee approved a proposal to draft an ordinance that the full council will consider at a yet-to-be-determined date.

One of the most notable aspects of the ban as it stands now is that it would include menthol, which has previously been one of the harder flavors to include due to its prevalence in cigarettes.

The step forward comes just about two months after Los Angeles County voted to ban flavored tobacco sales in the unincorporated parts of the county. That ban went into effect on Oct. 31, though retailers were given six months to sell off remaining inventory.

Los Angeles is home to an estimated 3.99 million residents.

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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.