Mostly because the high IQ individuals that make up the Beverly Hills City Council late Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on the retail sale of most tobacco products, including a sweeping ordinance that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. Prohibition is back! In vape and eLiquid form!
The rolling like celebrities 5-0 vote Tuesday followed the council last month supporting a draft ordinance, which of course carved out an exemption for upscale cigar lounges and hotels in the city. If you got the dough you can do anything, as they decree, the rule for thee not for me.
The tobacco sales ban in land where the housemaids scrub the floors is set to go into effect at the beginning in 2021. It will outlaw the retail sale of cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes sold in gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and grocery stores.
“I thought this was just truly a landmark moment for our city, for our community,” Council Member Lili Bosse said prior to the vote. She added that outlawing tobacco sales is in step with Beverly Hills’ reputation as a healthy place, because banning healthier alternatives to smoking really goes to show that she actually believes that.
According to the Beverly Hills ordinance, “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 council action was criticized by some retailers who argued the ban would shift sales of tobacco to nearby jurisdictions such as Los Angeles and West Hollywood and hurt small businesses in Beverly Hills. About two dozen tobacco-selling establishments are affected by the ordinance, and will more than likely straight up go out of business because of this insane bit of legislation.
What do you think about these folks who take their pictures by the pool enforcing their perception of morality down on the rather uncommon common folk of the land? Prohibition has never worked for anything ever, but maybe this time it will?