During its meeting this week, the Orinda City Council introduced and unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that will ban the sale of all flavored tobacco and vaping products within the city beginning in just a few weeks.

The ban would prohibit the sale or any other former of distribution of flavored tobacco products, which would include products with menthol. There are no exemptions for premium cigars or other products.

The ordinance will return for a second vote on May 17; if approved it will go into effect 30 days later, though there will be a 120 day grace period before enforcement begins.

Orinda is located approximately 18 miles east of San Francisco and is home to just under 20,000 residents.

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 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.