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New smoking-related ordinances go into effect in SLO County

Posted at 4:46 PM, Feb 13, 2020

Two updated tobacco ordinances went into effect Thursday, Feb. 13, in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.

The Board of Supervisors passed the amended ordinances in January.

The first bans the sale of electronic smoking devices in unincorporated areas of the county. County officials say the move is an effort to curb the rise of youth vaping.

The second ordinance prohibits smoking in all public areas in the unincorporated areas of the county.

"The goal of a non-smoking ban is to reduce tobacco litter, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, and to also continue to denormalize a behavior that we've known for over 50 years to be detrimental to the public's health," said Inger Appanaitis, San Luis Obispo County Tobacco Control Program Manager.

The e-cigarette sales ban affects 65 tobacco retailers in the county.