The governer of California Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has signed five laws that increase California’s minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, regulate electronic cigarettes and restrict tobacco use in various other ways.
Here are some things to know about the new tobacco laws
The 21-to-buy restriction and rules limiting where people can vape apply to everyone in the state of California except military personnel with an identification card. The bill stalled for six months while veterans’ organizations and Republican lawmakers fought to include the exemption. The new laws take effect on June 9.Tobacco companies have fought for years to restrict sales, which could result in millions of dollars in lost revenue, but they have kept a low profile during the public debate this year. Electronic cigarette companies, which have a growing market, also opposed the legislation. Some activists see e-cigarettes as a path to quit smoking traditional cigarettes and oppose the state’s move to classify vapor paraphernalia as tobacco products. Vaping has helped millions of people across the globe to quit smoking cigarettes, becoming a major threat to the tobacco industries that dominated the market...
By Joey Fierro