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Bill Barring Retail Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products Faces First Major Hearing Wednesday May 13 2020


Article Source:  CA State Senator Jerry Hill

Media Advisory – Office of State Senator Jerry Hill – May 12, 2020:
Major Capitol Hearing for Bill Banning Flavored Tobacco Sales
Livestream 9AM Wednesday from Sacramento

Media Contact: Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404, leslie.guevarra@sen.ca.gov

 

Bill Barring Retail Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products Faces First Major Hearing Wednesday

California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, 37 State Lawmakers and Health Advocates Join Senator Jerry Hill in Backing SB 793

 

WHAT: The Senate Health Committee holds the first major hearing for Senate Bill 793, the legislation to prohibit retail sales of flavored e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, e-pipes and other vaping devices, as well as all flavored smokable and nonsmokable tobacco products, including cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, and tobacco edibles. SB 793 would also prohibit the sale of “flavor enhancer” e-liquids, which heighten or add candy, fruit, menthol and other flavors, and are used to make DIY vape juices.

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, who is cosponsoring the bill, plans to speak in support of the legislation.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020. SB 793 is the first bill on the Senate Health Committee agenda.

HOW to WATCH: View the livestream by going to https://www.senate.ca.gov/calendar on Wednesday and scrolling to the Committee Hearing listing for “Health.” Seating in Capitol Hearing Room 4203 will be highly limited in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the testimony will be provided via remote feeds.

To listen to the hearing, use the following for audio on Conference Name “Senate Health”

Call Participant Phone Number: 844-291-6364

When prompted, enter Participant Access Code: 1041674

For more information, visit: https://shea.senate.ca.gov/

Additional Visual Assets and Resources: A bill fact sheet with charts, other graphics and reference materials are linked below.

BACKGROUND:

In January, Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, with the support of Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, more than two dozen state lawmakers and a coalition of health advocates, introduced legislation to prohibit the retail sales of flavored tobacco products as their widespread use by children and teens continued at alarming rates.

Support has grown in the months since. Not only do backers say that federal controls don’t go far enough, emerging evidence suggests that smokers and vapers may be at greater risk for COVID-19.

Nearly 40 state lawmakers have signed onto SB 793 as coauthors with Senator Hill:

Senators Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, Mike McGuire, D-North Coast/North Bay, Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, are joint authors of the bill. Senator Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblymembers Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-Orinda, Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, Robert Rivas, D-Hollister, and Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa are principal coauthors. The coauthors in upper house are Senators Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, Jim Beall, D- San Jose, Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, Robert Hertzberg, D- Van Nuys, Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, Connie M. Leyva, D-Chino, Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama. Assemblymembers Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, David Chiu, D-San Francisco, Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, Marc Levine, D-Marin County, Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, Patrick O'Donnell, D-Long Beach, Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Laguna Beach, Luz Rivas, D-Arleta, Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, are also coauthors.

In addition to Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network California; American Heart Association; the American Lung Association; the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Common Sense are bill cosponsors.

“For years, Big Tobacco has preyed on the American public and our vulnerable populations with beguiling ads and flavors. They weaponized those tactics to ensnare a new generation, and our young people are paying the price,” said Senator Hill. “5.3 million young Americans now use e-cigarettes.

“Flavored tobacco products have created an unprecedented surge in youth nicotine consumption, undoing decades of declines in youth tobacco use and luring our kids onto the path of nicotine addiction. SB 793 will remove this death bait from store shelves.”

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Additional Resources

 

SB 793 Fact Sheet:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/sb_793_hill_fact_sheet_updated_5-8-2020.pdf

 

FAQ:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/sb793_media_faq.pdf

 

Smoking and COVID-19:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/smoking_and_covid-19.pdf

 

Senator Hill Letter to California Department of Public Health:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/letter_cdph_re_covidtobacco_r4-14-2020.pdf

 

Guest Op-Ed in Sacramento Bee:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/lindsey_freitas_op-ed_5-5-2020.pdf

 

Letter from Health Advocate Co-Sponsors:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/sb_793_co-sponsor_letter_3-10-20.pdf

 

Products Excluded from Federal Controls:
https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd13.senate.ca.gov/files/fda_product_exclusions.pdf

 

 

Leslie Guevarra
Communications Director
Office of State Senator Jerry Hill
415-298-3404 cell

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