SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County has become the first jurisdiction in the western United States to adopt a law banning the sale of flavored tobacco products that are often marketed towards young people, a county spokeswoman said Thursday.
The county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a law prohibiting general retailers from selling flavored tobacco in unincorporated county areas and businesses will be notified this week, county spokeswoman Gwen Mitchell said.
Retailers selling tobacco will have to comply with the ban within 90 days and thereafter the Department of Environmental Health will conduct annual inspections to make sure the flavored products are no longer being sold except in adults-only tobacco businesses, according to county officials.
Following the 90-day implementation period, the county will launch its Tobacco Violations Reporting Line, at (408) 885-4466, for members of the public to report retailers that are still selling flavored tobacco, Mitchell said.
The intent of the new Tobacco Retailer Ordinance is to restrict the sale to children and teens of products that mask tobacco’s harsh taste in cigars, cigarillos, electronic, hookah, pipe and chewing tobacco with flavors such as apple, chocolate, grape, mint and other selections, Mitchell said…
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