Retailers Fight Back Against City of Carson’s Flavored Tobacco Ban

Earlier this year the city of Carson council voted unanimously to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products within city boundaries. The decision came on the heels of the council approving a ban of the sale of electronic cigarettes not approved by the FDA.

Now local business owners in the city are pushing back.

Some of the small business owners argue they did not receive enough time to liquidate their stocks, and were requesting a grace period be implemented. The ordinance, passed in January, is effective as of Feb. 13.

Others asked for the ordinance to be removed completely. Councilmember Jawane Hilton asked Mayor Al Robles to add an item to the next city council meeting to modify the sales-ban addressing the concerns of the public to which the Mayor agreed.

Several cities have implemented varying tobacco bans. Last year Beverly HIlls became the first city in the United States to ban tobacco sales. And the Cities of San Francisco and Livermore have banned the sale of e-cigarettes.