Gov. Newsom bans flavored vape

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 793 that will ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products on Aug. 28. 

The ban will become effective on Jan. 1 where it will penalize retailers selling flavored cigarettes and vaping cartridges a $250 fine. Products like loose-leaf tobacco or costing more than $12 are exempt from the bill.

“This tobacco industry continues to find ways to target our youth,” said Newsom. “It will be a point of deep pride and personal privilege as a father of four and as someone who has had many family members die at the hands of the tobacco industry to sign that bill.”

While the bill passed the California Legislature easily, some argued the state would lose millions of dollars from tobacco taxes. 

Senator Jerry Hill who introduced the bill was supported by several health organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. 

“Our state Legislature wants to protect the health and well-being of our kids and our communities throughout California,” Hill said in a statement. 

According to the California Department of Public Health in a 2019 report stated, “flavored tobacco is the point of entry for youth tobacco use.” The new ban is targeted to help reduce the numbers of teens using vaping or tobacco products.  

“I am hopeful that flavored vape juices will be less enticing for teens. There will still be issues with nicotine addiction, but hopefully without the flavored tobacco products there will be less youth who start using it in the first place! I think that the ban is a great start,” stated health teacher Erika Ikemoto. 

“I feel like this is a smart decision that was made by Governor Newsom because the youth are sucked in to smoking and vaping by child-friendly flavors. When this bill is effective it will prevent the youth from being addicted to smoking or vaping,” said senior Kameela Newell.

3 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom bans flavored vape

  • November 12, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I believe that banning flavored vapes is a good decision. I believe one of the main reasons that vaping is so popular among teens today is because they are marketed like candy since the flavors seem harmless which makes it seem like vaping isn’t dangerous. So hopefully this ban on flavored vapes will decrease the amount of teens using vapes.

  • November 5, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I think that it is great that California is taking a stand on the vaping epidemic in this country. It is important for us to realize the impacts that vaping can have on our health, and have our government respond in a healthy way. Banning flavored vape is not all we can do, but it is a step in the right direction.

  • November 5, 2020 at 10:58 am

    I think that Newsom has done a smart thing to ban flavored vape. Flavored vapes are addicting kids as well as adults, and they are worse than normal vaping.

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