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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Fremont’s Tobacco Retail License Program goes into effect November 8

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On October 8, 2019, the Fremont City Council voted unanimously to establish a Tobacco Retail License program, with an effective date of November 8, 2019. The City of Fremont joins over 150 California municipalities with similar programs.

The Council’s action is intended to address the public health epidemic of vaping by deterring youth access to any tobacco products in an effort to prevent future generations from nicotine addiction.

The Tobacco Retail License program has the following requirements:

  • Any retailer selling tobacco products must obtain an annual Tobacco Retail License from the City of Fremont
  • Cigarettes must be sold in packs of 20, at a minimum price of $8; Cigars (this includes cigarillos/little cigars) must be sold in packs of 5, at a minimum price of $8
  • Single cigars already sold at $5 are permitted
  • Flavored tobacco products are banned as of November 8, 2019

Flavored products include any tobacco products that impart a characterizing flavor, including menthol cigarettes and flavored non-cigarette tobacco products such as little cigars, smokeless tobacco, and flavored components of e-cigarettes and vaping devices. Characterizing flavor means a taste or aroma relating to menthol, mint, wintergreen, fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb, or spice.

Letters are being sent to all state-licensed tobacco retailers, in Fremont, notifying them of the changes. 

Workshops for retailers are planned this month:

Friday, November 15, 2019
10:30 am to 12:00 pm,
City Hall in the Council Chambers, 3300 Capitol Ave., Building A

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
City Hall in the Council Chambers, 3300 Capitol Ave., Building A

The license application system will be ready to accept applications by January 1, 2020.

For ongoing information and to read the full ordinance, visit our Tobacco Retail License webpage.  

For questions please contact the City’s Code Enforcement Division at 510-494-4430 or email.


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