What legislation is being considered?
- The California Tobacco Tax for Healthcare, Research & Prevention Act would assess a $2 per pack tax on tobacco at the state level, with the proceeds going primarily to shore up Medi-Cal. (This bill is in the process of being introduced. You can learn more at www.savelivesca.com.)
- SB 5 X2 (Leno)/ AB 6 X2 (Cooper), which would add e-cigarettes to the definition of “tobacco products” under state law, allowing them to be regulated the same way.
- SB 6 X2 (Monning)/ AB 7 X2 (Stone)to close many of the loopholes in current law banning smoking in workplaces.
- SB 7 X2 (Hernandez)/ AB 8 X2 (Wood)to increase age of sale for tobacco products to 21.
- SB 8 X2 (Liu)/ AB 9 X2 (Thurmond and Nazarian)to require all schools to be tobacco free. Amazingly enough, only schools that receive Tobacco Use Prevention Education funding from the state are required to have tobacco-free policies.
- SB 9 X2 (McGuire)/ AB 10 X2 (Bloom)to allow local jurisdictions to tax tobacco. 600 local or municipal governments in the United States have their own local tobacco tax in addition to the state and local taxes, and the data shows that tobacco taxes are one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking.
- SB 10 X2 (Beall) / AB 11 X2 (Nazarian)to establish annual adjustments to the licensing fee charged to stores that wish to sell tobacco. Enforcement of the Tobacco Control Licensing program has been consistently underfunded because the licensing fees for tobacco are both much less than other goods like liquor and also are infrequently adjusted.
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