Possible ban on sale of menthol cigarettes, flavored tobacco for Oroville

Vape juice, flavored cigars, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes could soon be impossible to buy in Oroville if a new ordinance is passed, and that has smoke shops scared.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2018 5:50 PM
Updated: Feb. 6, 2018 6:32 PM

Vape juice, flavored cigars, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes could soon be impossible to buy in Oroville if a new ordinance is passed, and that has smoke shops scared.

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If the proposed oridnance is approved, no stores in Oroville would be able to sell any of those products.

If a business were only selling vaping products they'd be forced to shut their doors for good.

Blaze N Jay's smoke shop has stores in Chico and Oroville, and owners told me they sell $2,200 worth of vape juice in a week, for one store.

Terri Turner from Blaze N Jay's says she has seen vaping as a healthier alternative for those who smoke cigarettes.

Turner says, "I have seen hundreds of people be able to quit smoking, down to zero nicotine on e-juice, it's a miracle. To take it away from people and our businesses, I don't think a city has a right to do that. It's a personal choice."

Turner is trying to get enough signatures on a petition to bring the ordinance to a public vote.

The Oroville Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing to further discuss the possible ban.

That is scheduled for February 22nd at 7pm in the city council chambers.

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