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Tobacco Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk

The CSAC Policy Committee adopted a SUPPORT position on a raft of tobacco control measures heard in the Second Extraordinary Session on Health Care (Special Session) over the past nine months. All of the bills have now been sent to the Governor for his signature or veto.

These bills were previously being kept in enrollment, a little-used purgatory of sorts between the Legislature and the Governor, in an effort to stall threats made by the tobacco industry to overturn the proposed measures with a statewide initiative campaign and generally derail the initiative process. The tobacco bills are described in the chart below:

Bill Number

Author

Description

CSAC Position

SBX2 5

Senator Mark Leno

Adds e-cigarettes and vaping products to the existing definitions of tobacco products.

Support

SBX2 7

Senator Ed Hernandez

Increases the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21.

Support

ABX2 7

Assembly Member Mark Stone

Closes loopholes in smoke-free workplace laws. CSAC sought amendments clarifying that the requirements of the bill would only apply to owner-operated business where there is interaction with the public.

Support if Amended

ABX2 9

Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

Closes existing school tobacco regulation loopholes and expands eligibility for Tobacco Use Prevention and Education program funding to charter schools.

Support

ABX2 10

Assembly Member Richard Bloom

Allows a county to impose a tax on the privilege of distributing cigarettes and tobacco products.

Support

ABX2 11

Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian

Establishes an annual Board of Equalization tobacco licensing fee program, similar to how alcohol is licensed.

Support

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