Beverly Hills has develop into the primary U.S. metropolis to finish most tobacco gross sales.
The Metropolis Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to snuff out gross sales of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and different tobacco merchandise starting in 2021.
The ban covers gross sales at gasoline stations and pharmacies in addition to comfort and grocery shops. Nonetheless, it exempts motels and three plush cigar lounges within the rich and glamorous Los Angeles suburb.
The lodge exemption was designed to accommodate vacationers, who may have a concierge ship their smokes — though they’d should smoke them exterior.
Gasoline station homeowners opposed the measure, saying it unfairly focused their companies and may power worker layoffs.
Public well being advocates argued that the fee is greater by way of well being.