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San Luis Obispo passes ordinance prohibiting sale of electronic cigarettes


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted an ordinance to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarette products on Tuesday.

The ordinance prohibits products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

After hearing concerns expressed by community members about the popularity of electronic cigarettes with the youth, the City Council directed staff to analyze issues related to prohibiting or limiting the sale of flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes products within the city.

The City Council expressed concerns regarding the popularity and effects of e-cigarettes products on the youth in the community.    

The Assistant to the City Manager gave the following statement:

“Members of our community value living in a city that is healthy and safe for everyone, particularly for our youth. Over the past year, the City has monitored the issue of the sale of electronic cigarettes at the national, state and local levels and we now join more than 55 other cities and counties in California, including the City of Arroyo Grande and the County of San Luis Obispo, who have instituted similar restrictions.” 

Ryan Betz, Assistant to the City Manager

The new ordinance will go into effect on May 4, 2020, providing tobacco retailers three months to remove these products from their inventories. 

The ordinance also prohibits the sale of flavored vape juices and liquids used in an electronic smoking device, including:

  • electronic cigars
  • electronic cigarillos
  • electronic pipes
  • electronic hookahs

The FDA will be the authority to regulate all tobacco products on the market, including e-cigarettes. 

To date, no electronic cigarette products have received a premarket review by the FDA.   

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