CA Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SB 793 into law. What does that mean? SB 793 restricts the sale of menthol products, flavored e-cigarettes or vapes, e-juice, pods and cartridges, loose leaf tobacco, and single flavored cigars (cigarillos) typically used to smoke marijuana. The law does not apply to: the sale of flavored shisha/hookah, premium cigars over $12, and loose leaf pipe tobacco.
The bill was intended to curb the rise of vaping products by youth, while intentionally taking the way the right to choose by adults.
SB 793 aimed to protect Californians by correcting an alleged “mistake” made in the 2009 federal law that got rid of flavored cigarettes. In 2009, Big Tobacco lobbied to keep menthol cigarettes out of the law. It’s estimated that, had menthol cigarettes been included in the law, up to 237,000 Black deaths would have been prevented by 2050.
The vast majority of young African-American’s are users of flavored cigarillos, commonly known as swisher sweets and backwoods, that they use to smoke marijuana from. Those sells would end effective January 1, 2021.
This law was pushed for by White members of the state legislature, with Black consultants attached to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Ridley-Thomas is publicly against cannabis, and Angelenos fear if he is elected to the Los Angeles City Council, he will seek to overturn laws legalizing these sales in city limits.
Opponents of SB 793 will now seek to put a referendum on the ballot to ask California voters to overturn this law. Petitions will soon hit the streets in order to obtain the required number of signatures to place the matter before voters.
2UrbanGirls will keep you in the loop of where and how you can sign the petition to overturn the ban on flavored tobacco products.