Referendum filed to overturn California flavored tobacco ban
By Jeremy B. White
Opponents of California’s recently signed ban on flavored tobacco are seeking to overturn the law with a referendum, following a common industry playbook to battle unwanted California laws.
The measure that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Friday, CA SB793 (19R), prohibits flavored tobacco with an exemption for hookah — a landmark victory for public health interests who have warned that vapes loaded with sweet flavors are hooking a new generation on nicotine. Tobacco and convenience store interests waged a fierce but unsuccessful fight to block the bill.
Now foes of the measure are looking to voters. The California Secretary of State reported Monday receiving a proposal for a referendum that would nullify the law, and the listed filers have past connections to the tobacco industry...