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August 30, 2020

KCBS Radio: Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday banning the sale of most flavored tobacco products in California, including flavored vape cartridges. The vast majority of smokers take up the habit when they’re young, said State Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo. “Over 90% of smokers start before the age of 18, and the average age of a new smoker is 13 years of age,” he said.

August 28, 2020

CalMatters: Cotton candy vape, tropical fusion cigarillos and menthol cigarettes will be extinct in California after a bill aimed at stopping kids from getting addicted to tobacco sailed through the Legislature today— and the governor almost immediately signed it. The bill, SB 793, bans the sale of all flavored tobacco products – from bubblegum to mango to menthol. The prohibition includes pods for vape pens, tank-based systems, menthol cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

August 28, 2020

Politico: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Friday to ban flavored tobacco products in an attempt to prevent youth smoking, a proposal that has struggled for years to get through the Legislature because of heavy industry lobbying. A SB793 (19R) by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) is a major breakthrough for Democratic lawmakers and public health advocates who have seen a number of flavor ban proposals fall short in recent years amid infighting and intense lobbying by the tobacco industry.

August 25, 2020

Sacramento Bee: Four members of the Assembly and one state senator requested pay cuts for themselves. They are Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo; and Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego; Susan Eggman, D-Stockton; Todd Gloria, D-San Diego; and Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita. The four members of the Assembly requested 10% pay cuts...Senator Hill requested a 15% pay cut...

August 24, 2020

Los Angeles Times: Supporters of legislation to ban the sale of flavored tobacco in California are speaking out against a new advertising campaign from tobacco companies that claims the bill discriminates against Black and Latino smokers, saying that the ads disingenuously portray the industry as an ally of communities of color.

August 24, 2020

Bloomberg Law: California could become the largest state to ban flavored tobacco products after the Assembly voted Monday to end the sale of fruit- and candy-themed vaping liquids, menthol cigarettes, and similar products. The Assembly voted 58 to 1 to pass the bill (SB 793), with 20 members not voting. Democrats said the measure would clamp down on products intended to entice young people into smoking and vaping.

August 24, 2020

AP: California is on track to ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products, joining states like New York and Massachusetts in an effort to slow the spread of the harmful habit among children. The state Assembly passed the ban on Monday, two months after the state Senate passed a similar proposal. The ban faces one more vote in the Senate before heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

August 24, 2020

Sacramento Bee: In a desperate and dishonest ploy to keep children addicted to tobacco products, Big Tobacco has staged a last-minute, all-out assault on Senate Bill 793. Big Tobacco is now bombarding the public with propaganda attacks on legislators who support the historic legislation to ban flavored tobacco products. The Legislature should ignore Big Tobacco’s malicious disinformation strategy — and its campaign contributions — and send SB 793 to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

August 24, 2020

Sacramento Bee: A bill to ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products in California cleared a major hurdle Monday when lawmakers in the Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass it. Senate Bill 793 passed the Assembly floor with [an initial] 50-0 vote...

August 19, 2020

Sacramento Bee: “There is absolutely no reason to exempt Swedish Match snus and ZYN from SB 793,”  Senator Hill said. “The company has neither sought nor obtained FDA approval to market these products for cessation. To state otherwise, or even imply it, is misleading and illegal.”