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 Exploring a Ban on the Sale of All Tobacco Products in Beverly Hills

At the Study Session meeting on February 5, 2019, the Beverly Hills City Council discussed the development of a policy that could prohibit the sale of all tobacco products in Beverly Hills and directed the Health and Safety Commission to explore the topic and to return to City Council with recommendations.

At its meeting of March 25, 2019, the Commission voted to recommend several key provisions for a draft ordinance to prohibit the sale of all tobacco products in Beverly Hills. After significant public input and a comprehensive discussion, the Commission approved the following recommendations to the Beverly Hills City Council:

  • A carve out for all existing cigar lounges, as of March 25, 2019, in perpetuity; (4-1 vote)
  • A carve out for all hotels, existing and new, in perpetuity; (3-2 vote)
  • Effective January 1, 2020: Hotels may only sell to guests of the same hotel; Pharmacies shall not sell tobacco products. (5-0 vote)
  • Effective January 1, 2021: Gas stations, convenience stores, liquor stores and newsstands shall not sell tobacco products. (5-0 vote)
  • One year after the effective date of any City Council adopted ordinance:
  • Grocery stores and any other permitted retailer not otherwise enumerated in a category above shall not sell tobacco products; and
  • An immediate moratorium on the issuance of new permits, except for hotels, which have been carved out. (5-0 vote).

On April 22, 2019, the Commission voted to annul its motion to carve out/exempt existing and future hotels from selling tobacco products. A Special Meeting of the Health and Safety Commission will take place on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm to reconsider the Commission’s previous decision to recommend a permanent carve out for hotels.

These recommendations will be presented to the City Council on May 7 at 2:30 pm.

The meeting is located at 455 N Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210 in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and provide comment on the topic. If you are interested, but unable to attend, meetings are recorded live and posted online, typically within 3 days after the meeting.

  • All reports and recorded public meetings may be viewed by clicking on the links in the table below. 
  • To submit a letter for the public record, please send the letter to mayorandcitycouncil@beverlyhills.org. All letters will be read into the record during the Health and Safety Commission meeting.

If you have any additional questions, please contact (310) 285-1014. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.beverlyhills.org/smoking.

 

  Reports and Public Meetings

2019-03-25 Health and Safety Commission Meeting Report Video
2019-02-25 Health and Safety Commission Meeting Report Video
2019-02-05 City Council Study Session Report Video
 

 
 Restrictions on Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

The City of Beverly Hills has adopted a new ordinance prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products in Beverly Hills. The City's intent is to provide for the public's health, safety, and welfare by protecting the youth from commencing the inherently dangerous activity of smoking. The new law applies to all tobacco retailers within Beverly Hills.

 A flavored tobacco product is any tobacco product that imparts a characterizing flavor other than the taste or aroma of tobacco, including, but not limited to, menthol, mint, wintergreen, fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb, or spice.

The flavor ban applies to all tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and electronic cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes are included in the ban on flavored products. Products authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a tobacco cessation product, such as nicotine gum, are not included in the ban.

Retailers have until December 21, 2018 to remove flavored products from store shelves. After this date, any tobacco retailer that sells a flavored tobacco product, will be in violation of the requirements for operation under its Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Retailer Permit. A first violation to a permit condition is $250. A second violation within a five-year period is $750 and the permit is suspended for 90 days. A third violation within a five-year period is $1,000 and the permit shall be revoked.

For more information, please contact (310) 285-2424. 

 

  Reports and Public Meetings

Final Ordinance Ordinance  
2018-08-21 City Council Formal Session Report Video
2018-08-07 City Council Formal Session Report Video  
2018-08-07 City Council Study Session Report Video 
2018-02-26 Health and Safety Commission Meeting Report Video 
2018-01-22 Health and Safety Commission Meeting Report Video 
2017-11-30 City Council Liaisons Meeting Report Highlights
 

Prospective Businesses

Generally speaking, the City treats e-cigarette and smoke shop use establishments the same if located in commercial zones where retail establishments are allowed. If you are a potential business owner interested in establishing a tobacco or e-cigarette business, please contact:

Development Services
Phone: (310) 285-1141

 

Current Businesses

The City's local regulations require tobacco and e-cigarette retailers to annually apply for a city permit to sell such products. The sales of such items from stand-alone vending machines are not allowed. For information about the tobacco and e-cigarette permit process, please contact:

Customer Service Division
Phone: (310) 285-2424

 

Code Violations

To report a code violation, please contact:

Beverly Hills Code Enforcement
Phone: (310) 285-1119

 

Policies in Development

For questions related to policies currently in development, please contact:

Logan Phillippo, Senior Management Analyst
Phone: (310) 285-1080