During a special meeting on Monday night, the San Diego City Council passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, yet it will not apply to premium cigars after the city created an exemption for them.
To qualify for that exemption, however, a premium cigar must meet a few criteria: it must be handmade, it must have a wrapper that is made entirely from whole tobacco leaf, and it cannot have a tip, filter or non-tobacco mouthpiece. It must also have a wholesale price of no less than $12, which means that its sticker price would be around $24, a price point that is significantly higher than most flavored premium cigars currently on the market.
The council also exempted sisha (sic) that is used in hookahs, along with loose leaf tobacco. Also notable in the ban is that it includes products with menthol.
It was passed by a 7-2 vote, and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, a delay that was created in order to await the results of the November election where voters will decide a statewide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products.