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.