June 5, 2019
by Forest EU

Beverly Hills outlaws tobacco sales: “The City Council must be locked in La La Land”

Smokers’ campaign highlights how forcing people to drive ten more minutes to buy elsewhere in L.A. a product they enjoy doesn’t make sense.


BRUSSELS, June 5th, 2019 – On Tuesday, the City Council of Beverly Hills unanimously voted to outlaw the sales of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products beginning in 2021.

The ban covers sales at gas stations and pharmacies as well as convenience and grocery stores. But it exempts hotels and three cigar lounges in the wealthy Los Angeles suburb.

Gas station owners opposed the measure, saying it unfairly targeted their businesses and might force employee layoffs. Public health advocates argued that the cost is higher in terms of health.

CNBC coverage here; LA Times here.

Reacting to the story, Guillaume Périgois, director of smokers’ lobby Forest EU, said:

“Forbidding adult citizens from buying a legal product is a frontal attack on personal freedom.

“Banning not only cigarettes but also chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes shows this prohibition has little to do with protecting the health of non-smokers and could actually backfire.

“Forcing people to drive ten more minutes to buy elsewhere in L.A. a product they enjoy doesn’t make any sense. The City Council must be locked in La La Land to pass this.”

 

–ENDS–

 


Note to editors:

  • For more information, please contact Forest EU Director Guillaume Périgois on +32 4 78 98 07 43 or at gp@forestonline.eu.
  • Forest EU is a lobby campaign informing smokers about issues that affect them in the European Union and engaging with stakeholders so the views of informed adults are taken into account within the EU’s decision-making process. Since 1979, Forest has been the leading voice in defending the rights of tobacco consumers and tolerant non-smokers. Forest EU doesn’t encourage smoking, receives financial support from tobacco companies and doesn’t represent the tobacco industry. For more information, visit forestonline.eu.

Featured photo by Loriana Savo on Reshot

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