At its most recent meeting, the Redwood City City Council unanimously passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products as well as other tobacco products sales regulations as part of its consent agenda.

The ordinance does create an exemption for businesses with a tobacco retailer’s permit that sell flavored tobacco for on-site hookah consumption, provided the business was operational and licensed as of Nov. 22, 2021. That exemption is not transferable or assignable to a subsequent owner of the business, however. There is no exception for premium cigars in the ordinance.

Also notable is that the ordinance prohibits the sale of all electronic cigarettes and electronic smoking devices, and bans all pharmacies from selling tobacco products by way of making them ineligible to obtain a tobacco retailer’s permit.

The ban will go into effect on April 1, 2022.

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.