On Tuesday, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors gave its approval to the second reading of an ordinance that will ban the sale of flavored tobacco products within the unincorporated parts of the county.

The ordinance also prohibits the sale of single-use electronic cigarettes.

With the ordinance’s passage, retailers will have 30 days to sell through their stock on hand before the ban goes into effect.

Monterey County becomes the latest in a growing number of cities and counties to pass their own bans on flavored tobacco sales, which come ahead of voters deciding a flavored tobacco ban at the state level via a ballot question during the upcoming November election.

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Patrick Lagreid

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 previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.