BEVERLY HILLS BECOMES FIRST U.S. CITY TO BAN SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


BEVERLY HILLS BECOMES FIRST U.S. CITY TO BAN SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

SOURCE: TRUTHTHEORY.COM

By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

Beverly Hills is officially the first U.S. city to ban the sale of tobacco products. By 2021, cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products will no longer be available at gas stations, convenience and grocery stores, and pharmacies. Special allowances will be made for high-end cigar lounges and hotels, however.

CNBC reports that in early June, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to make it the first U.S. city to ban tobacco. The ban is set to take hold in 2021.”Allowing tobacco products to be sold in the city increases access to these harmful and dangerous products and does not promote the city’s image as a healthy city,” the ordinance reads.

The decision is controversial, primarily among business owners. Opponents argue that the tobacco ban will harm sales and force employee layoffs. Public health advocates, on the other hand, claim that the benefits to public health outweigh the negative impact a ban might have on sales.

Council Member Lili Bosse supports the ban because she believes the prohibition aligns with Beverly Hills’ positive image as a health-conscious city. “I thought this was just truly a landmark moment for our city, for our community,” said Bosse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now let's see; who owns the three exempt "Cigar Lounges?!?

The Buenavista Cigar Club, is owned by Rigoberto Fernandez; The Grand Havana Room is frequented by such actors as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro (And Arnold was frequently in front of the camera, and at City Council meetings, and the press, advocating this this members club not be closed).

Nazareth Cigars: it is unclear who owns it at this point, because the original owner, Nazareth Guluzian, has died.

But there is one pattern very clear in these exemptions; the monied get what they want, and the rest of us... can go hang.

I do not endorse smoking, having lost a parent at 18 due to the effects of smoking, and heart disease; but when the only joints where one can buy tobacco are so privileged, that only the most wealthy of the wealthy can afford to shop there, there is indeed, something wrong with this picture.

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