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April 21, 2014

Push for Blocking the Two pending Bills in CA

Keep in mind, current California Health and Safety Code

104556 States:

(d) “Cigarette” means any product that contains nicotine, is intended to be burned or heated under ordinary conditions of use, AND consists of or contains

(1) any roll of tobacco wrapped in paper or in any substance not containing tobacco;

(2) tobacco, in any form, that is functional in the product, which because of its appearance, the type of tobacco used in the filler, or its packaging and labeling, is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as a cigarette;

or

(3) any roll of tobacco wrapped in any substance containing tobacco which, because of its appearance, the type of tobacco used in the filler, or its packaging and labeling, is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as a cigarette described in this section.

“Cigarette” also includes “roll-your-own” tobacco, meaning any tobacco which, because of its appearance, type, packaging, or labeling is suitable for use and likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as tobacco for making cigarettes. For purposes of this definition of “cigarette,” 0.09 ounces of “roll-your-own” tobacco shall constitute one individual “cigarette.”

If enacted, AB 1500 would:

  • Ban companies from shipping any tobacco or electronic cigarette products to California citizens (unless they acquire a tobacco retail license). 
  • Require businesses selling e-cigarettes to acquire a tobacco license if they want to import products from out-of-state.

If enacted, SB 648 would: 
Ban the use of vapor products wherever smoking is banned. Among those provisions most likely to impact users are those that would:

  • Ban e-cigarette use in virtually all workplaces in California. Violations would be punishable by fines of $100, $200, and $500. (Section 12)
  • Ban e-cigarette use inside or within 20 feet of any public building or in a vehicle owned by the state. (Section 4
  • Declares that the use of electronic cigarettes “may be a hazard to the health of the general public,” and would include e-cigarettes in all future smoking bans passed in California. (Section 11)

This is coming to the floor of the CA senate April 3oth. Urgent! We need folks to contact their respective assembly members, CA State Senators and the Sponsors and co-sponsors of these Bills:

 

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