Proposed Ordinance Banning Flavored Tobacco Scheduled For City Council Hearing

March 13, 2019 14:00 pm · 22 comments

The Lafayette City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to prepare an ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits and establish a licensing program for tobacco retailers to allow for the ban’s enforcement.

There are currently 13 tobacco retailers in Lafayette, and if the ordinance passes they could be subject to fines of up to $500 if they are found to be selling flavored tobacco products in violation of city law more than once.

The proposed ordinance would define flavored tobacco products as any product made or derived from tobacco or nicotine that imparts a “characterizing flavor” such as fruit, candy, mint or an alcoholic beverage.

City staff said these flavors take the edge off tobacco’s naturally harsh flavor and make the product more appealing to young people.

Unflavored tobacco products, however, would not be affected by the proposed ordinance.

City staff are planning to present the proposed ordinance at a hearing during the City Council’s upcoming meeting on April 8. More information is available in a staff report, which has been posted online at

Noj March 13, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Always thought that I was born a free human being.

Define free:

Able to act or be done as one wishes; not under the control of another.

‘I have no ambitions other than to have a happy life and be free’

‘a free choice’

…But not here in CaCafornia…

The Dudess March 13, 2019 at 3:01 PM

I believe in free will as well. However, when a huge conglomerate company such as the tobacco industry keep the masses beholden and addicted to their products and try and “recruit” new and even younger subjects by adding flavors to their products, that’s when I object. These so called free will products do irreparable harm to kids, young adults and the aged. It has serious monetary ramifications to our health industry. It undermines and destroys lives and the living who have to suffer with the illnesses and diseases that these products cause on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. Other countries have taken action against the tobacco industry and will not let them profit from their vile, highly addictive product. It’s about damn time.

Rollo Tomasi March 13, 2019 at 5:55 PM

“I believe in free will as well.”

For all, or just you?

anon March 14, 2019 at 7:23 AM

“tobacco industry keep the masses beholden and addicted to their products”

its called free will..
the parents do not raise their kids to make good choices..have you met these parents..I have & they do few things right

Just a local March 13, 2019 at 2:38 PM

This is great news for Lafayette.

S March 13, 2019 at 2:58 PM

Gee…. Isn’t Tobacco itself a flavor????????????????????

XdemXlib March 14, 2019 at 1:41 PM

…. but somehow flavored marijuana products are fine, right?

Cellophane March 13, 2019 at 3:07 PM

I think the City Council has many more important concerns than restricting peoples freedoms right now.

Like the deplorable conditions of the City Streets, Cime, sidewalks, just to name a few.

I ask the City Council to concentrate on the basics and address other issues once infrastructure and safety problems are resolved.

After those problems are resolved, address unfunded liabilities.

In the meantime, don’t work on anything else.

The Fearless Spectator March 13, 2019 at 3:43 PM

This is an ill conceived piece of legislation. This will have zero impact on usage. It will simply shift the tax revenue to nearby cities, and create a black market for youngsters that will buy it elsewhere and resell for a profit. So I suppose in a way it may benefit young Lafayette capitalists.

Rob March 13, 2019 at 3:44 PM

Good – anything to try and keep kids from starting this expensive bad habit that will do nothing positive for them and will end up costing them and society bigly…

Dorothy March 13, 2019 at 3:45 PM

I’m Okay with it. As a former smoker I know that one can not only become addicted to the nicotine but to the flavors as well. 30 year smoke free but still fighting of the urge from time to time.

anon March 14, 2019 at 7:25 AM

It was your choice & some people have no self control
…even read the side of the package has warnings – read it some day
…& deal with the effects.. COPD, cancer, death, etc
remember many of people who smoked do not have my taxes pay for their time a County hospital

RJ March 14, 2019 at 1:13 PM

Anon – do you feel better now? You must be a real joy to be around

Hayden Barsotti March 13, 2019 at 3:47 PM

While they’re at it, ban regular milk due to the amount of fat content
In a container. This also includes half and half for their coffee.
I think skim milk would please them much better.
Remember, you get what you vote for.

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 9:51 PM

What about ice cream?

ManBearPig March 13, 2019 at 4:33 PM

A dying society collects laws like a dying man collects cures.

Johnny Marzipan March 13, 2019 at 8:42 PM

I understand, though don’t necessarily agree with, the desire to squash sales of blue raspberry flavored blunt wraps or p-nut buttah n jelli vape juice. But while we’re attempting to micro-manage retail tobacco, are we forgetting the sweet cherry pipe tobacco favored by gentle old men in sweaters and tweed caps shuffling down the lane with their high school sweetheart that they married sixty years ago? You gonna make grandpa have to go to the hood to pick up some smoke?

jjshawk March 13, 2019 at 10:53 PM

Stop with the “bans”! I don’t want my life micro-managed! Come Election Day, I am voting against any measure that has the word “ban” in the sentence. To ban flavored tobacco products, is just as ridiculous as the bans on; large sodas, junk foods, or certain words. Remember the attempt to ban the word “Bossy”? I don’t smoke, so I shouldn’t even give a crap. It’s about the principal of over-controlling people’s behavior.

anon March 14, 2019 at 7:28 AM

You should give a crap– your taxes pay for their hospital visits as many do not have insurance & do not care…..

Rollo Tomasi March 14, 2019 at 1:25 PM

@ anon: Source?

RJ March 14, 2019 at 1:16 PM

So will they be banning sodas with their assorted flavors next?
After all – sodas are harmful and cancer causing as well and are marketed to get kids hooked with flavors…..

Local Lady March 14, 2019 at 7:16 PM

If only we could ban stupid instead.

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