Scotts Valley, a small city outside of Santa Cruz, is looking to become one of the next cities in California to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, as this week its city council introduced and unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that will bring an end of the sale of such products.
The ordinance also includes a ban on smoking or vaping in outdoor dining spaces, as well as requiring that all tobacco retailers be at least 21-years-old and prohibiting all self-service tobacco displays.
The city council must still hold a second reading of the ordinance, which is currently scheduled for June 1. If it passes its second reading, it will go into effect 30 days later.
According to the city council agenda, Scotts Valley is the only one of the four incorporated cities in Santa Cruz County not to have such a ban. The county also has a ban that applies to its unincorporated parts.