Beverly Hills has passed what experts say is the most restrictive tobacco ban in the nation, barring the sale of virtually all nicotine products and setting the stage for similar laws in other cities.
“They’ve set the bar pretty high for us and any city to follow,” said Mayor Pro Tem Richard Montgomery of Manhattan Beach, which is studying its own ban. “We’re encouraged by our colleagues in Beverly Hills taking this courageous step forward.”
House Bill 7200 passed the Senate Friday by a 33-3 vote. The bill, which passed the House earlier this month, covers cigarettes as well as other tobacco-related products such as electronic cigarettes, vaping products and chewing tobacco.