Watsonville, Calif. Bans Flavored Tobacco, Requires Tobacco Retailer License

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The central California coast city of Watsonville has passed a complete ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes, as well as a new requirement that all tobacco and e-cigarette retailers within in the city obtain a permit to continue selling such products.

The city defines flavored tobacco products as having “a taste or smell, other than the taste or smell of tobacco, that is distinguishable by a consumer either prior to, or during the consumption of, a tobacco product, including, but not limited to, any taste or smell relating to fruit, menthol, mint, wintergreen, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, honey, or any candy, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice.”

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Both changes are scheduled to go into effect 30 days following its passage and publication, which would make the changes effective in mid-November.

Watsonville is home to approximately 54,000 residents.

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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.

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