SACRAMENTO – More than two dozen California municipalities have enacted some sort of flavored tobacco ban—and it may be growing statewide sooner than people think. Vaping360 reported that six California legislators will introduce a bill to ban retail sales of flavored e-liquid and vaping products statewide. The bill will also prohibit sales of menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, dissolvable tobacco, and “tobacco edibles.”
If passed, the law does not exempt vape shops and will put every vape shop in California out of business. It also includes restrictions for online sales, including a requirement for an adult signature at delivery.
California Democratic Senator Jerry Hill will introduce the bill. He says the bill is a response to the “appalling epidemic of e-cigarette use by youths.” The state, however, relies on cigarette taxes and Master Settlement Agreement payments (determined by the number of cigarettes sold) to pay for many state programs.
This recent news comes on the heels of the FDA’s proposal for flavored tobacco product regulation.