The Seal Beach City Council voted unanimously Monday to make it harder to open a new smoke shop and also officially defined them in city codes and banned their distant relative, the smoking lounge.
Councilman Gordon Shanks said before the meeting that the new ordinance would affect only new businesses that are looking to primarily sell tobacco and cigarettes. With the vote, these smoke shops will now be required to apply for a conditional use permit.
A smoking lounge is defined as an establishment that allows customers to test products or smoke indoors.
The new ordinance comes after the city's five-month suspension of the sale of e-cigarettes to allow time to research their effects. The ban was lifted Feb. 10 when the council adopted an ordinance that would allow the regulation of e-cigarettes in a fashion similar to the constraints on traditional cigarettes.