California Bill Would Ban Tobacco Sales to All Born After 2006

California Bill Would Ban Tobacco Sales to All Born After 2006
High Times

The strongest and wildest approach yet to deter teen tobacco use at the state level is taking shape. A new California bill would ban all tobacco sales for any resident born on Jan. 1, 2007 or later. Under Assembly Bill 935, current smokers would be able to continue buying tobacco products, but anyone younger than 16 years old today would not be able to buy tobacco—ever.  It would essentially phase out tobacco use in California for an entire new generation. Instead of punishing tobacco consumers, the bill would target retailers instead. It would do this by including a series of financial penalties and license suspensions for retailers who break the proposed law. Specifically, the bill would add Article 6 to Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 103 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to tobacco sales. The ban, however, would not apply to cannabis sales. Lawmakers reasoned that the compulsive nature of nicotine compels youth to become addicted. The bill was co-authored by Assemblymembers Damon Connolly, (D-San Rafael) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley). “This is not about taking away current rights of anyone; it’s about not creating a new generation of people addicted to nicotine,” Connolly said. Today I had a press conference for my bill, AB 935. The co-author, @Evan_Low, joined in support. Preventing the next generation of Californians from becoming addicted to smoking should be a priority for anyone who cares about public health and the well-being of our children. https://t.co/H5pl7QXC0J— Assemblymember Damon Connolly (@AsmConnolly) February 23, 2023https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js California has taken steps already to limit tobacco use among teens as much as possible. In 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law banning the sale of most flavored tobacco products.  “This is a logical next step of that,” Connolly said. “The goal here is to lead, to…

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