Last night, the St. Paul city council voted to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco at most retail stores.

While the ban will not likely apply to most cigars stores, it will certainly affect how smaller cigars from companies like Swisher and John Middleton (Black & Mild) are sold in the city.

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A provision has been carved out for tobacconists, any store that generates 90 percent or more of its sales from tobacco will be allowed to sell flavored tobacco products.

In addition, there’s new minimum pricing for cheaper cigars. Any cigar or cigarillo sold in packs of three or less must retail for at least $2.60 per cigar, up from $2.10, and any box or bundle of four or more cigars must retail for at least $10.40 or more.

This is unlikely to affect even bundle cigars as Minnesota has a 95 percent wholesale tax on any cigar with a $3.50 cap.

Last year, neighboring Minneapolis passed similar laws.

St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and its second largest city with a population of nearly 295,000 people.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.