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VAPOR USERS BE INFORMED! NEW ANTI-VAPE BILL (CALL TO ACTION)

This may very well be the most important call to action for vapers and industry stakeholders in California. As you may already know, the defeat of SB140 was short lived as exactly a week after the bill’s author walked away from the bill and referred to it as “dead on arrival” the Governor has called for a “special session” that sees the re-emergence of bills like SB140 and SB151 under different numbers and with only minor (and in some cases even less desirable) changes. More information on the consequences of SB140 and its currently similar bills for the special session can be found here and here.

YOU CAN ALSO USE THE CASAA ONLINE FORM TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.

The six bills introduced for this special session are:

  • SB 5 & AB 6, regulating electronic cigarettes to meet existing tobacco laws;
  • SB 6 & AB 7, adding hotel lobbies, small businesses, break rooms and tobacco retailers to the list of smoke-free workplaces;
  • SB 7 & AB 8, changing the legal smoking age from 18 to 21;
  • SB 8 & AB 9, requiring schools to be tobacco-free;
  • SB 9 & AB 10, allowing local jurisdictions to tax tobacco; and
  • SB 10 & AB 11, creating an annual Board of Equalization tobacco licensing fee program.

Note that while most of these bills govern tobacco products instead of vapor products, the definition as it is being sought in SB5 and AB6 would make vapor products tobacco products and as such all other bills would automatically apply.

There is currently no date and time determined as to when the “special session” starts but the legislature will be reconvening on August 17.

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