California Senate Passes SB 793, Bill Creating Country’s Strongest Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products Heads to Assembly

June 25, 2020

For Immediate Release – Office of State Senator Jerry Hill – June 25, 2020

California Senate Passes SB 793, Sends Bill Creating Country’s Strongest Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products to State Assembly

SACRAMENTO—State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, issued the following statement today on the Senate’s 33-4 vote to pass Senate Bill 793.

“Using candy, fruit and other alluring flavors, the tobacco industry weaponized its tactics to beguile a new generation into nicotine addiction while keeping longtime users hooked. SB 793 breaks Big Tobacco’s death grip,” said Senator Hill.

“The Senate’s vote today is a huge win for this landmark legislation. I am deeply grateful for the support from our lieutenant governor, the more than 40 state legislators and the strong coalition of health, youth and education advocates who have made it possible for SB 793 to advance. Together we can enact the strongest flavored tobacco policy in the country.”

The number of lawmakers who are coauthoring SB 793 with Senator Hill continues to grow.

As of today, Senators Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, Mike McGuire, D-North Coast/North Bay, Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, are joint authors of the bill. Senator Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblymembers Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, Robert Rivas, D-Hollister, and Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa are principal coauthors. The coauthors in upper house are Senators Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, Jim Beall, D-San Jose, Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, Robert Hertzberg, D- Van Nuys, Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, Connie M. Leyva, D-Chino, Bill Monning, D-Carmel, Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, and Susan Rubio, D-Baldwin. Assemblymembers Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, David Chiu, D-San Francisco, Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, Jim Frazier, D-Fairfield, Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, Marc Levine, D-Marin County, Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Laguna Beach, Luz Rivas, D-Arleta, Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, are also coauthors.

The coalition of SB 793 supporters includes the Office of Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and the Common Sense Kids, who are bill sponsors.

SB 793 now moves to the Assembly for consideration.

Further resources

SB 793 Bill Text:
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB793

SB 793 Fact Sheet:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/sb_793_hill_flavored_tobacco_fact_sheet_updated_6-22-2020_11am.pdf

Coalition Letter of Support:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/sb793-coalition-letter-06222929_final.pdf

The Coalition’s News Release Today:
https://californiafightsflavors.org/press_release_2020_06_25/

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Media Contact: Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404, leslie.guevarra@sen.ca.gov