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.

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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 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 Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.