LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance June 1 which bans the sale of flavored tobacco products to persons under the age of 21 and carves out an exemption for hookah.
The ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1 was passed 12-0 by the council.
In June of last year, the council directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance to ban flavored tobacco and menthol cigarette sales in the city, but exempted hookah tobacco products at existing lounges.
An estimated 4,500 tobacco retail stores will be banned from selling flavored tobacco including hookah.
Californians will vote on a statewide ban under Senate Bill 793 this November.