Restricting Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

Restricting Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

Model Ordinance and Fact Sheet

Flavored tobacco products have become increasingly common and are sold in many flavors that appeal to children, including cherry, chocolate, grape, and strawberry. These products are easier for new tobacco users to take up because flavorings disguise the natural harshness of tobacco. Although federal law banned 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.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this Model Ordinance to help California cities and counties restrict sales of flavored OTPs. The ordinance contains definitions that explain which products cannot be sold and sets forth several enforcement options. Additionally, California communities with a tobacco retailer licensing (TRL) program can amend their TRL law to include a flavored tobacco restriction.

For examples of flavored tobacco products and how other localities have addressed them, download our fact sheet In Bad Taste: What Communities Can Do About Fruit- and Candy-Flavored Tobacco Products below.