California Statewide Flavor Ban Hearing is This Week

A bill banning all e-liquid flavors except tobacco will have a hearing in a California state senate committee this Wednesday. The bill, SB 38, does not exempt vape shops or other adult-only retailers.

This bill is the first attempt to pass a statewide ban of vape flavors. If it succeeds it will shut down virtually every vape shop in California, and probably lead to a wave of flavor bans across the country.

The hearing, which is open to the public, will be held Wed., March 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) at the state capitol, 1315 10th St., in Sacramento. Try to arrive by 1:00 p.m., to allow time to go through security at the capitol.

CASAA has issued a call to action, asking that vapers attend the hearing (and speak if you want to). California residents can send messages to the Health Committee members through the CASAA page. Click the button below and take one minute to send a message if you live in one of the committee members’ districts.

Importantly, Bill SB 38 does not preempt local governments from passing even stricter restrictions on vapes. That means cities like San Francisco can ban all vapor products if they so choose. And San Francisco officials have already announced that they intend to do just that.

The statewide bill bans so-called “characterizing flavors.” That means any e-liquid — bottled liquid, or in pods or cartridges — that includes a flavor other than tobacco will be prohibited.

“A tobacco retailer, or any of the tobacco retailer’s agents or employees, shall not sell, offer for sale, or possess with the intent to sell or offer for sale, a flavored tobacco product,” says the bill. It defines a characterizing flavor as “a distinguishable taste or aroma, or both, other than the taste or aroma of tobacco, imparted by a tobacco product or any byproduct produced by the tobacco product.”



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