Did you know that most flavored tobacco products are no longer allowed to be sold in California? On November 8, 2022, California voters upheld Senate Bill (SB) 793 by voting “Yes” on Proposition (Prop) 31, which prevents retailers from selling most flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and vapes. So what does this mean?
Retailers will no longer be allowed to sell the following tobacco products in California:
Flavored e-cigarettes and vapes
Flavored e-juice, pods, and cartridges
Flavored little cigars and cigarillos
Flavored smokeless tobacco products
Flavored blunt wraps
Flavored loose-leaf roll-your-own tobacco
Flavored tobacco rolling papers
Tobacco product flavor enhancers
There are a few exceptions, such as the law does not apply to flavored premium cigars with a wholesale price of $12 or more and flavored loose-leaf pipe tobacco. Flavored shisha/hookah tobacco may only be sold in licensed stores that only allow people 21 or older on the premises at any time.
More information about the new law can be found at UNDO (https://www.undo.org/ca-flavor-tobacco-law).
Tobacco retailers can find out more about the law and get resources at the California Tobacco Control Branch website (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/CTCB/Pages/CAFlavorTobaccoLaw.aspx).