The First Day for California Flavor Ban In-Stores
In previous blogs we’ve discussed, California approved a landslide proposition for banning all flavored tobacco products to be sold in stores.
After Senate Bill 793 was blocked by tobacco companies who campaigned to let the legislation be decided by voters. Despite efforts, the senate bill was supported by the federal government and citizens voted in favor Proposition 31.
Today, marks the first day that vape users across California who will not be able to purchase flavored e-liquids or vapes in stores. This also includes e-liquids without nicotine, small cigars, nicotine pouches, smokeless tobacco, lozenges, and menthol cigarettes.
Remember hookah tobacco, premium cigars, and pipe/loose leaf tobacco are exempted.
So the bottom line is, stores and vending machines cannot sell any vape products that have flavors outside of tobacco.
Online sales are not banned, but laws within California make things more difficult. Especially certain cities who already held bans prior.
Local cities that already have laws in place will be override by the state law. This closes any loopholes of business who were able to get through to keep their businesses going.
When you go out today don’t forget that all store-front retailers won’t be able to sell, offer to sell, or even posses any flavored vapes for you.
Any businesses that violates the law will face a $250 fine for each violation, that means every sale or possible sale. If anyone law enforcement or citizen that sees stores carrying the products, they can report for violating.
What are your thoughts as California and other states continue to progress to banning flavored vapes? Write your comments below.