The city will no longer give out new tobacco retail licenses, nor allow for the transfer of licenses to different people or for different addresses. On the latter, there is an application process for a "hardship exemption," which would be temporary. For existing license holders:
The council unanimously agreed on the aspects of a near total phase out of tobacco product sales in the city. Once there is final approval, the ordinance will come into force on July 4th, 2019 and by 1/1/21 retailers will no longer be able to sell tobacco. There are two narrow exceptions: 1) for 3 existing cigar lounges (sales only to members and only cigars), and 2) hotels may sell to guests through concierge service, i.e., no retail.
This will be the first U.S. jurisdiction in modern U.S. history to take this action.