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Beverly Hills could become the nation’s first city to ban tobacco product sales




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On Tuesday, the Beverly Hills City Council discussed banning the sale of tobacco products, which was a bill originally proposed in February.

Of the 27 active businesses that hold city permits for sales of tobacco products, the draft ordinance would exempt three existing high-end cigar lounges in Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills already has strict smoking regulations, like prohibiting smoking while standing still.

In 2014, the city of Westminster, Massachusetts proposed a similar ban which was voted down after strong public opposition.

If passed, the Beverly Hills ban would take effect on January 1, 2021.

Are you a business owner or resident of Beverly Hills? What do you think of the smoking ban? Would it hurt your business? Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

John Mirisch, mayor of the city of Beverly Hills who supports the proposed Beverly Hills ban on sales of tobacco products.

Jaime Rojas, Los Angeles-based legislative consultant for the National Association of Tobacco Outlets; he tweets @Jaime_Rojas