BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills City Council approved an ordinance to ban the sale of all Tobacco products that “produce(s) characterizing flavor” on August 7 during its Study Session by a unanimous vote.  If approved on Tuesday, August 21, the ban will be effective December 21, 2018.

In 2016, the age to purchase tobacco products was raised to 21 from 18 in the state of  California.

Councilman John Mirisch stated during the meeting, “Let’s just ban it.” He added, “There is nothing good about tobacco.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describes the term ‘tobacco product’ as, “any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product (except for raw materials other than tobacco used in manufacturing a component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product).”

The products that will be covered in the ban include liquid for e-cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, hookah, cigars, cigarillos, and smoking devices.