A ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in Washington County, Ore. has been put on hold after the county’s elections official verified that a petition had surpassed the required number of signatures to send the matter to voters at the May 2022 election.

Ordinance 878, which was approved by the county’s Board of Commissioners in November, prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products and flavored synthetic nicotine as well as price promotions, coupons and discounts. It went into effect on Dec. 2, 2021 but retailers had until Jan. 1, 2022 to take the affected products off shelves, as that was when enforcement would begin.

However, it is now on hold, meaning that the ordinance is inoperative and the effective date is suspended, so retailers in Washington County can continue to sell flavored tobacco.

In order to go into effect, the ordinance will have to be approved by a majority of the voters in May.

Washington County is located directly west of Portland. It has a population of around 600,000 people.

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