Beverly Hills becomes first U.S. city to ban tobacco sales

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One of the wealthiest communities in California has become the first city in the United States to ban the sale of tobacco products, after councilors approved a new law that will take effect in 2021.

The city of Beverly Hills passed the new law Tuesday. While it doesn’t bar smoking inside city limits, it prohibits any business from selling tobacco products beginning Jan. 21, 2021. The new ordinance exempts existing cigar lounges and will allow hotels to sell such products to guests.

Councilors said they will consider hardship exemptions for businesses that can prove the law will create an undue burden, and review the ban’s impact

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