​​Sacramento County bans flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and menthol

Following an hours-long debate and public discussion Tuesday night, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to ban flavored tobacco sales — including menthol.

Here’s what’s banned beginning July 2022: candy-flavored e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, menthol cigarettes, and sweet cigars often used to smoke cannabis.

The new law only affects sales within unincorporated areas of the county. The city of Sacramento enacted a similar ban two years ago, and Elk Grove did the same last year. Other cities within the county would have to create their own laws against flavored tobacco.

County businesses have six months to offload their current supply of products, or possibly face fines of up to $25,000 in the future, according to the new law.

The county’s move comes months before Californians vote on a statewide initiative, which could uphold a previous ban signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020.

Sammy Caiola/Capradio