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Governor Signs Bills Requiring Schools to be Tobacco Free, Raising Legal Age to Buy Tobacco Products to 21

May 16, 2016

On May 5, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of tobacco-related bills, including a bills requiring all schools to be tobacco free, increasing the age of purchase for tobacco products from 18 to 21, closing loopholes in the state’s smoke-free workplace laws, establishing a tobacco licensing fee program under the state Board of Equalization and, importantly, classifying electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.

The five bills signed by the Governor were:

--AB 9 X2, by Assemblymen Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, and Adrin Nazarian, D-Sherman Oaks, requires all schools to be tobacco free.

--SB 5 X2, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products, making them subject to smoke-free laws, age restrictions and other rules governing tobacco products.

--SB 7 X2, by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, raises the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

--AB 7 X2, by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Santa Cruz, closes loopholes in the state's smoke free workplace laws.

--AB 11 X2, by Assemblyman Nazarian establishes a tobacco licensing fee program under the state Board of Equalization.

The Governor also vetoed one tobacco-related bill:

--AB X2 10, by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, allows counties to seek approval from voters to enact local cigarette taxes.

The California Medical Association (CMA) greeted the Governor’s actions. “CMA thanks Gov. Brown, Senate and Assembly leadership, and the many legislators involved in passing the most robust package of tobacco control legislation in decades,” said Steven Larson, M.D., MPH, president of the California Medical Association. “California was once a leader in tobacco control. These laws move us toward restoring that leadership position.”

Source:  California Sate Capitol

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