After a public hearing that saw more than 50 speakers passionately weigh in, the Pleasanton City Council voted to ban all flavored tobacco and electronic cigarettes within the city.

While the ban on these products with no exemptions passed unanimously during the May 5 meeting, the council considered additional recommendations outlined in a staff report presented by Larissa Seto, assistant city attorney. Seto introduced an ordinance that calls for the bans of flavored tobacco, e-cigarettes and related paraphernalia; prohibits the sale of tobacco within 1,000 feet of public schools, parks and recreation centers (except for grandfathered businesses); implements tobacco retailer licensing (TRL); and addresses consequences for underage (21) tobacco possession, making the tobacco subject to confiscation and the youth subject to a referral to counseling.