At its meeting this week, the West Hollywood City Council voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance that will prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco within the city.
The lone objection came from Mayor Pro Tempore Lauren Meister, who suggested that the vote should be delayed until the state’s ban on flavored tobacco products reaches a resolution. While that ban was passed in the summer of 2020, it was challenged by a ballot referendum, with the matter going to voters on the November 2022 ballot.
The ordinance applies to traditional tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, as well as electronic cigarette and vaping products. However, it does not apply to the sale of hookah, which will allow the city’s lone hookah establishment to continue operation.
Additionally, the ordinance prohibits any discounting of the listed sales price of tobacco products.
The ordinance’s restrictions on discounting is scheduled to go into effect 30 days after its passage, which would be March 16, assuming the ordinance passes its second reading. However, a compromise for the sale on flavored tobacco was agreed to during the discussions, with that component not going into effect until Sept. 15.