Cigarette Sales Ordinances
Administration Department responds to questions and enforcement issues
relating to its Non-Smoking and Cigarette Sales Ordinances. Since 1990
the City has prohibited smoking in most public places, including bars
and restaurants. To our knowledge, we were the first municipality in the
world to do so. In 1992 the City passed an ordinance prohibiting
the sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products from vending machines.
And in 1997 the City also passed an ordinance which prohibits both the
sale of tobacco products to minors and self-service displays of tobacco
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Enforcement of this ordinance is triggered by a complaint to the
If you feel uncomfortable asking someone to stop smoking, or your
attempts to do so are refused, please call the Police Department
at (805) 781-7317.
Questions or complaints regarding these ordinances
can be made to the City by calling (805) 781-7151 or email