The City of Long Beach reminds retailers that effective today, all flavored tobacco must be removed and cannot be sold or distributed per Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) Chapter 5.9. This shall remain into effect until January 3, 2021, unless further extended by City Council.
“Vaping is a known health risk and can lead to Vaping Associated Pulmonary Illness,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “We must protect our community, especially our youth, through education and action.”
The Long Beach City Council adopted a temporary ordinance on January 4, 2020, with an implementation date of July 2, 2020, prohibiting the sale or distribution of certain flavored tobacco products within the City of Long Beach. This prohibition includes: flavored cigarillos; flavored electronic smoking devices (such as electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic pipes, electronic hookahs, vapes, vaporizers, and vape pens); flavored electronic smoking device fluid, including nicotine and non-nicotine products; and menthol cigarettes.
Implementation and enforcement of this provision will be primarily undertaken by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Health Bureau. Businesses should expect increased inspections during the effective time by both routine and complaint-driven inspections. Business owners are responsible for ensuring this ordinance is being enforced within their establishments. Non-compliance may result in legal action including administrative citations, misdemeanor citations, and/or suspension, denial or revocation of any permit as set forth by LBMC Chapter 5.81.
If an establishment is found to be in violation of the ordinance the owner may be subject to the following fines: $100.00 for a first violation, $200.00 for a second violation, $500.00 for a third and for each subsequent violation within one year.
For the most up-to-date information on the temporary flavored tobacco ban, visit www.longbeach.gov/TREP or call the Tobacco Education and Prevention Program at (562) 570-7950 or Tobacco Retail Enforcement Program at (562) 570-7905.
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Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas and bike paths.
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