Restricting Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

Restricting Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

Fact Sheet and Model Ordinance

Flavored tobacco products have become increasingly common and are sold in many flavors that appeal to children. These products are easier for new tobacco users to take up because flavorings disguise the natural harshness of tobacco.

Although federal law bans fruit- and candy-flavored cigarettes, neither federal nor California laws restrict sales of other tobacco products (OTPs) that are flavored, such as cigars, smokeless tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.

Our fact sheet provides examples of flavored tobacco products and how other localities have addressed them. The ordinance restricts sales of flavored OTPs, contains definitions that explain which products cannot be sold, and sets forth several enforcement options. California communities with a tobacco retailer licensing (TRL) program can also amend their TRL law to include a flavored tobacco restriction.