Category: Tobacco


AG Becerra Files Legal Brief Defending Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

On Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California defending SB 793 by Senator Jerry Hill which banned the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide. Recall, SB 793 was nearly immediately signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in late August. Following its…

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Tobacco Companies Sue to Block Bill Banning Sale of Flavored Tobacco

Recently, tobacco company giants R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA sued the State of California in an attempt to block SB 793 from going into effect. SB 793 by Senator Jerry Hill would prohibit the sales of specified flavored tobacco products statewide. The measure was passed by the Legislature and signed into law…

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Tobacco Industry Files Referendum to Overturn Flavored Tobacco Ban

Just days after receiving final legislative approval and being signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, California’s flavored tobacco ban faces yet another challenge by the tobacco industry. SB 793 by Senator Jerry Hill bans the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide, including mint and menthol products. The measure faced significant opposition from the tobacco…

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FDA Orders 10 E-Cigarette Manufacturers to Cease Sales of Certain Products

On Monday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued ten warning letters to manufacturers and retailers who sell, manufacture, and/or import unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products targeted to youth or likely to promote use by youth. The warning letters targeted unauthorized products, including backpacks and sweatshirts designed with stealth pockets to hold…

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LAO Issues Report on Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report this week exploring the taxation of electronic cigarettes as proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2020-21 Budget. The report details the current taxes levied on electronic cigarette products, analyzes the Governor’s proposal, and poses several areas for consideration by the Legislature as its budget subcommittees begin their…

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American Lung Association Publishes 2020 State of Tobacco Control Report

The American Lung Association recently published its 18th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, evaluating states and the federal government on proven-effective tobacco control laws and policies. According to the American Lung Association, the report serves as a blueprint for what state and federal leaders need to do to eliminate death and disease caused by…

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U.S. Surgeon General Issues Report on Smoking Cessation

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams recently issued a report on smoking cessation, the 34th tobacco-related Surgeon General report published since 1964. In 1990, the Surgeon General issued the report, The Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation. The latest report summarizes the latest evidence on the health benefits of smoking cessation, including recent scientific evidence on the…

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State of California Sues E-Cigarette Company JUUL Labs, Trump Administration in Flux Over Proposed Ban of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Two notable actions related to electronic cigarettes occurred this week, both on the state and federal levels. We detail these actions below: AG Becerra Alleges JUUL Labs Unlawfully Targeted Minors On Monday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the State of California has filed a lawsuit in the Alameda County Superior Court against JUUL Labs,…

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Assembly Holds Joint Informational Hearing on Vaping Tobacco and Cannabis Products

On Wednesday, the Assembly Health, Governmental Organization, Business and Professions Committees convened a joint informational hearing titled, “Vaping Tobacco and Cannabis Products: Health Effects and Deficiencies in Regulation and Current Law.” The nearly four-hour hearing was convened amid increasing youth and young adult use of vaping products, ongoing reports of vaping-related illnesses and injuries nationwide,…

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NACCHO Issues Sign-on Opportunity Supporting Ban of Flavored E-Cigarettes

This week, the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a sign-on opportunity for local health departments and officials to support the recently announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to remove non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market in an attempt to curb utilization of the…

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