On December 17, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1064 restricting the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies, and flavored tobacco products and electronic cigarettes/vaping products in tobacco retailers within Menlo Park.
The ordinance became effective January 17, 2020.
Key provisions of Menlo Park's ordinance
No flavored tobacco products (includes menthol cigarettes)
No electronic cigarettes
No free samples/coupons
No out of package samples
No self-service displays
No tobacco products in pharmacies
Before January 17, 2020, local tobacco retailers received a visit by a trained volunteer to help answer any questions about the ordinance and to support retailer compliance.
Senate Bill 793 signed into law
Starting January 1, 2021, all retailers in California will be prohibited from selling these flavored tobacco products:
Flavored e-cigarettes or vapes, e-juice, pods and cartridges
Flavored little cigars and cigarillos
Loose leaf roll-your-own tobacco
Flavored tobacco product enhancers
The law does not apply to: the sale of flavored shisha/hookah, premium cigars over $12, and loose leaf pipe tobacco.