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Oakland, Calif. Passes Ban on Flavored Tobacco

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The sales of flavored tobacco in Oakland, Calif. will soon come to an end, as on Tuesday the city council approved a ban on retailers other than specialty tobacco shops selling the products.

Known as the Oakland Children Smoking Prevention Ordinance, the ban will remove flavored tobacco products from the shelves of convenience stores, grocery stores, gas stations, and nearly all other stores that sell tobacco products.

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Additionally, the ban requires all tobacco retailers to prominently display the full retail price of all tobacco products they sell, and forbids them from offering any discounts or accepting any coupons for such products.

The ban goes into effect in six months, approximately March 19, 2018, assuming that there are no challenges to it.

A similar ban passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was challenged by a petition seeking its repeal; with the board refusing to reverse its direction, voters will decide the matter during a June 5, 2018 election.

Results of the ban’s passage was initially reported by the East Bay Times.

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Patrick Lagreid
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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.

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