Tobacco and vaping regulations


On December 17, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1064 restricting the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies, and flavored tobacco products and electronic cigarettes/vaping products in tobacco retailers within Menlo Park.
The ordinance became effective January 17, 2020.

Key provisions of Menlo Park's ordinance

  • No flavored tobacco products (includes menthol cigarettes)
  • No electronic cigarettes
  • No free samples/coupons
  • No out of package samples
  • No self-service displays
  • No tobacco products in pharmacies

Before January 17, 2020, local tobacco retailers received a visit by a trained volunteer to help answer any questions about the ordinance and to support retailer compliance.


When was the ordinance adopted?

Menlo Park’s ordinance was adopted December 17, 2019, and after a 30-day period, became effective January 17, 2020.

What can a retailer do with its existing inventory of products no longer allowed?

Retailers should attempt to return product their vendors or sell off the inventory before the ordinance becomes effective.

Who should tobacco retailers contact with questions?

Please contact:

San Mateo County Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program

310 Harbor Blvd.

Belmont, CA 94002