On Tuesday evening, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, becoming the first county in Oregon to enact such a ban.

The ordinance was proposed and enacted as a means to comply with a statewide law, S.B. 587, which the Oregon legislature passed that will require statewide retail licensing for stores that sell tobacco. The statewide law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

While the ban will go into effect in 30 days, it will not be enforced until Jan. 1, 2022. The ordinance also included a ban on the sale of tobacco products to persons under 21-years-old, which brings the county in line with federal law, as well as a ban on the of use of coupons to purchase tobacco products.

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

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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.