Flavored Tobacco

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What is the Flavored Tobacco and E-Cigarette Sales Ban?

Pursuant to Chapter 6.47 of the Municipal Code, the ban prohibits Retail Tobacco Permit Holders from selling any flavored tobacco product, including but not limited to smokeless/chew, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, vape liquid and hookah tobacco, that is manufactured to have an aroma and/or flavor, such as fruit, sweet, candy, alcohol, mint, spice or menthol.

It also prohibits the sale of e-cigarette or vape devices that deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic hookah, or vapor pen.

When is the ban effective and how can I prepare now?

This ban is effective January 1, 2020. Discontinue ordering and restocking flavored tobacco products and e-cigarette devices now to prevent losing your investment once the rules and regulations are ready to implement.

You are encouraged to print and post this flyer informing customers of the change prior to January 1, 2020.

When will the City enforce the new law? Enforcement will begin on the effective date of January 1, 2020. Avoid permit suspensions and civil penalties by discontinuing sales of flavored tobacco products and electronic cigarettes or vape devices now.


How can I stay informed?

Please read the mailings from the City and pay attention to the website for posting of FAQs. You may also email questions to


How do I report a violation?

Please contact code enforcement at (650) 829-6682 and


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