At its most recent meeting, the Santa Maria City Council passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including traditional tobacco products such as flavored cigars and chewing tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes and shisha.
In addition, the ordinance requires all tobacco retailers to obtain a newly created tobacco retailers license in order to keep doing business within the city. As part of that license, new regulations are being put into place regarding where tobacco retailers can be located, blocking out areas near schools, parks and other places frequented by youth and young adults.
The ban will go into effect on July 1, 2020, according to a report by SantaMariaTimes.com.
Santa Maria is home to just over 107,000 residents. It is located 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles.