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

Santa Maria is home to just over 107,000 residents. It is located 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.