Santa Ana, Calif. has passed an ordinance to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, with the seven members of the council unanimously passing the ordinance’s second reading on Tuesday.

The city was the second municipality in California to pass a flavored tobacco ban, joining Monterey County, which passed a similar ban but also included a prohibition on the sale of single-use electronic cigarettes.

They join a growing number of cities and counties to pass their own bans on flavored tobacco sales ahead of voters across the state deciding a statewide flavored tobacco ban. That will happen via a ballot question during the upcoming election in November.

Santa Ana’s ban goes into effect in 30 days. The city is home to approximately 333,000 residents and is located just over 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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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, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.