Tackling Tobacco: July 2017 Legislative & Regulatory Roundup

NATIONAL REPORT — Tobacco legislation and regulation is constantly under review at the local, state and federal levels. In this monthly roundup, Convenience Store News highlights the latest proposals and approved changes happening across the United States.

ARIZONA

Douglas — The Douglas City Council voted unanimously to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The vote makes Chandler the second city in Arizona — Cottonwood being the first — to pass Tobacco 21 legislation. The new law goes into effect Aug. 11.

CALIFORNIA

Contra Costa — In a unanimous vote, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, and libraries in unincorporated parts of the county.

Other provisions adopted at the board’s July 18 meeting include no-sales of tobacco products in pharmacies, and a requirement prohibiting the sale of any cigarillos and little cigars in packs smaller than 10. Additionally, no new tobacco retailer licenses will be granted to businesses located within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds or libraries, or within 500 feet of another business that sells tobacco.

Most of the new regulations take effect on Aug. 17. Education and outreach will be conducted with retailers over the next few months, and retailers are expected to be fully compliant with the no-sale of tobacco products provision no later than Jan. 1.

Oakland — Weeks after San Francisco’s decision to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, the Oakland lawmakers have approved a measure to follow suit. Like in San Francisco, the ordinance would include menthol tobacco products. A second approval is required in September before the ban can go into effect in 2018.

Rancho Cucamonga — The City Council is reviewing a measure that would amend the definition of smoking to include electronic cigarettes, vapor devices and hookah. The ordinance was introduced at a council meeting in…

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