While voters in California wait to have their say on a statewide flavored tobacco ban in November, a patchwork of city- and county-implemented bans are being put into place. On Tuesday, Monterey County took a step towards implementing a ban of its own, as the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the first reading of a revised proposal.

That revision was brought about after a similar ban was considered earlier this year, but was held up over a proposal to exempt what are referred to as modified risk tobacco products. However, the Board decided not to exempt the progress, which meant the bill was rewritten and began the legislative process again.

In addition to the ban on flavored tobacco, the ordinance would prohibit the sale of single-use electronic cigarettes.

The ordinance must go through a second vote before it can become law, with that vote set for March 15. If approved at that meeting, the ban would go into effect on April 16, though would only apply to the unincorporated parts of the county.

Monterey County is home to approximately 439,000 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 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.