Health Department Finalizes Regulation to Ban Sale of Single, Cheap Cigars
January 14, 2009. Mayor Sheila Dixon was joined by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, elected officials and health advocates to announce two efforts to ban the sale of individual, cheap cigars in Baltimore City. The cigars, sold individually for as little as 50 cents each, are especially attractive to young people, addictive, and harmful to health. Under the measures, cheap cigars would have to be sold in packs of five in the city of Baltimore.
Mayor Dixon and the Baltimore City Health Department Propose Ban on Sale of Single, Cheap Cigars
Mayor Sheila Dixon was joined by Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, elected officials and health advocates to propose a new regulation to ban the sale of individual cigars. The sale of these single, cheap cigars poses major public health risks.
The Health Department received comments through July 1, 2008. [Press Release] [Proposed Regulation Banning the Sale of Single, Cheap Cigars in Baltimore City]
The Health Department received comments from the Comptroller of Maryland on June 30, 2008. On July 9, the Comptroller's Office withdrew these comments and submitted official comments. Please click here to view.