Beverly Hills Inches Towards Tobacco Sales Ban, But Exempts Cigar Lounges

Beverly Hills Inches Towards Tobacco Sales Ban, But Exempts Cigar Lounges

Beverly Hills is poised to ban the sale of most tobacco products. On Tuesday night, the Beverly Hills City Council indicated it was supporting a new ordinance that will ban the sale of nearly all tobacco products within city limits beginning in 2021. However, the city’s three cigar lounges—Buena Vista Cigar Club, the Grand Havana Room, and Nazareth’s Fine Cigars—will be exempt and will be able to conduct business as usual.

The measure to ban tobacco sales received unanimous approval by the city council, but the official vote doesn’t happen until May 21. The move to carve out an exemption for cigar lounges was expected, as the city’s Health and Safety Commission voted in March to propose the option.

While cigar lounges will be exempt from the new law, the same can’t be said for 24 tobacco-selling establishments in Beverly Hills. These gas stations, grocery and convenience stores will be forced to remove all tobacco products, including cigars, from their shelves.