A ban on the sale of flavored tobacco—including menthol and mint—is likely coming to Santa Barbara County after its Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of an ordinance on Tuesday by a 4-1 vote.
The ban will affect approximately 66 retailers within the county, according to multiple reports. It will also prohibit the delivery of tobacco products via any other method other than a face-to-face transaction, meaning that online and phone orders would be prohibited.
It still must go through a second reading and vote, which is likely to occur on Tues., Dec. 17. If it passes, it will go into effect 30 days later, but will only become operative and be in force 90 days from the date of its passage.