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Pasadena, Calif. Approves First Reading of Flavored Tobacco Products Ban

While California waits to see if voters will give the go-ahead to a statewide flavored tobacco ban as part of the November 2022 ballot, a number of cities have taken it upon themselves to pass their own versions of the ban. The latest to do so is Pasadena, which passed the first reading of an ordinance that will amend its existing tobacco laws to ban the sale of any flavored tobacco products and bring it inline with the proposed changes at the state level.

The proposal passed unanimously during the city council’s meeting on Monday night, and will notably prohibit the sale of mentholated cigarettes. As currently written, there are no exemptions in the ordinance, which specifically mentions electronic smoking devices, flavored hookah, flavored little cigars and what are referred to as tobacco look-alike products.

The ban does not prohibit the use of such products within the city, however. As currently written, the ban will go into effect 30 days after its passage and publication.

Pasadena is home to just over 141,000 residents.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I’m a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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