A complete ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes, will be coming to Marin County, Calif. over the next year or so.
On Tuesday, the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted to add a chapter to the Marin County Code that spells out the restriction. The county joins several neighboring cities that have passed legislation limiting flavored tobacco products, including San Francisco, Novato, Fairfax and Sausalito.
The first part of the ban will go into effect on July 1, 2019, which is when retailers other than specialty tobacco stores in the unincorporated parts of the county will be prohibited from selling flavored tobacco products, including vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes. For tobacco specialty stores, they will be prohibited from selling those products as of Jan. 1, 2020.
“This represents a crisis right now,” said Damon Connolly, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. “Big Tobacco is clearly doing targeted marketing strategies that in effect create a gateway to addiction. So I think we’re doing the right thing today. It’s a positive for public health.”
Marin County is located directly north of San Francisco and has a population of approximately 261,000 residents.