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Santa Barbara County, Calif. Bans Flavored Tobacco Products, Passes Retail Restrictions

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The sale of flavored tobacco products is coming to an end in Santa Barbara County, as on Tuesday the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will remove such products from the 66 tobacco retailers in the unincorporated parts of the county as well as implement a number of other changes.

Additionally, those retailers must conduct all transactions in a face-to-face manner, meaning that they are not allowed to take phone, mail or online orders. The new law also prohibits retailers from selling any tobacco product at less than the full retail price, and they can not accept any coupons or provide any kind of discount.

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For cigar smokers, the new law contains a provision that prohibits the sale of any cigar unless it is sold in a package of at least at least six cigars, unless that cigar has a price of at least $10 per cigar, including all applicable taxes and fees. Additionally, packaged cigars can not be sold for a price that works out to less than $5 per cigar, and all tobacco products are prohibited from being sold via a self-service display.

The ban becomes effective 30 days after the date of its passage, and will go into force 90 days from the date of its passage, which would be March 17, 2020.

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Patrick Lagreid
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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 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.

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