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San Francisco's Flavored Tobacco Ban went into effect on July 20, 2018



Flavored Tobacco

San Francisco Health Code, Article 19Q:  Prohibiting the Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products was approved by San Francisco voters on June 5, 2018 and went into effect July 20, 2018

A flavored tobacco product is any tobacco product which contains an ingredient that imparts a characterizing flavor.   A “Characterizing flavor” is a distinguishable taste or smell, other than the taste or smell of tobacco. The Flavored Tobacco Products Sales Ban poster includes descriptions and examples of flavored tobacco products.


Now that the new law is in effect, San Francisco Tobacco Retailers are advised to:


San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) in partnership with the Office of Economic Workforce and Development (OEWD) supports San Francisco tobacco retailers by:

  • Monitoring and enforcing illegal sales of tobacco, including e-cigarettes, to any persons under 21 years old.
  • Enforcing the prohibition of mobile tobacco, e-cigarettes, and ENDS sales in San Francisco.
  • Developing educational materials
  • Conducting on-site visits
  • Providing opportunities for retailers to voice their questions and challenges
  • Conducting Compliance Checks


SFDPH began enforcement activities when the rules and regulations became final in January 2019.




Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding the illegal sale of tobacco to minors or a related tobacco sales complaint, call 311.


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