Category: Tobacco


FDA Takes Steps to Ban Menthol, Flavored Cigar Tobacco Products

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its commitment to advancing two tobacco product standards to significantly reduce disease and death caused by using combustible tobacco products. The two standards – a menthol product standard and a flavored cigar standard – will aim to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes…

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Auditor Issues Report on Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax Administration

California State Auditor Elaine Howle this week released an audit report entitled, “Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax: State Agencies’ Weak Administration Reduced Revenue by Millions of Dollars and Led to the Improper Use and Inadequate Disclosure of Funds.” Auditor Howle determined that the Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) did not ensure the accuracy of…

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Coalition Submits Over 1 Million Signatures to Overturn Flavored Tobacco Ban

Last week, a coalition consisting of retailers and tobacco industry representatives, including tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris USA, submitted over one million signatures from California voters in an attempt to overturn SB 793 (Hill) that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide. Recall, the coalition initially filed referendum paperwork to overturn…

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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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