California Seeks to Ban All Flavored Tobacco Products

The bill includes menthol cigarettes as well as flavored e-cigarettes. 

January 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif—This week, state Sen. Jerry Hill introduced California Senate Bill 793. The proposed bill would ban all sales of flavored tobacco—including menthol cigarettes and flavored electronic cigarettes—from inside the state, KXTV-TV reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s federal ban only covers flavored e-cig cartridges, not menthol cigarettes or e-liquid flavors used in open vaping systems and in disposable, single-use vape products.

If passed, California would join Massachusetts in a comprehensive ban on flavored tobacco. On January 1, Sacramento’s ban on all flavored tobacco went into effect.

Retailers like Brian Heacox, who owns Vape Bunker by Doomsday Gourmet, said such a ban would severely harm business. “It's going to crush us. … We are already … staring down the barrel of the gun with legislation with FDA, and this seeks to destroy it statewide before that happens,” he said. “This is small mom-and-pop operation helping people transition from deadly cigarettes to something that's less likely to hurt them. This seeks to remove that pathway for adults. They won't have that option to stop smoking from a safer and better option from [regular] smoking.”

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