Santa Cruz, Calif. may be best known for its boardwalk, but this week it got attention for becoming the latest city to pass a ban on flavored tobacco products.
The city council came to the meeting with several options on the table for such a ban, and ultimately decided on the most restrictive. The city was also considering restricting flavored tobacco sales to adults-only specialty shops, or restricting sales around parks, schools and other places where young people frequent.
The ban will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Santa Cruz is home to approximately 65,000 residents.