Flavored/Menthol Tobacco Products Ban
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Each year, tobacco usage causes the death of 40,000 Californians, and nearly half a million individuals in the U.S. Recent estimates suggest that 441,000 Californians under 18 today will die from a tobacco-related disease. To help address this issue, on October 28, 2019, Culver City’s City Council adopted an ordinance that bans the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol(PDF, 6MB). In most cases, tobacco retailers (including grocery and convenience stores, gas stations, etc.) were given until May 25, 2020 before the ban took effect, in order to give them an opportunity to sell off their flavored tobacco product inventory. Retailers qualifying as a tobacco store have an additional six months to comply with the ban, and the hookah lounge located in Culver City is exempt from the ban.