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California

Statewide Tobacco 21 Grade

B

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Enforcement

California has a statewide Tobacco Retail License that renews annually to fund enforcement of MLSA laws. Age verification is required for anyone that appears to be under 21 years of age; although it would be best to require ID verification for anyone that appears to be under 30 years of age. Penalties are placed on the retailer, clerk, or "Person," but the penalty schedule is specific to retailers and could lead to suspension or revocation of their license. California's State Dept of Public Health is the designated enforcing agency with no mandate for annual checks which could lead to poor retailer compliance.

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Tobacco Retail License

Comprehensive statewide Tobacco Retail License covering all tobacco products
Multiple Tobacco Retail Licenses that cover all tobacco products
Tobacco Retail License only covers cigarettes and NOT e-cigarettes
No statewide Tobacco Retail License
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Preemption

No preemption
Preempted from raising the sales age
Preempted from creating a Tobacco Retail License

All public health is local. Often Big Tobacco works to add preemption to statewide tobacco control bills so cities and counties are unable to enact laws that better protect the public.

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High School Smoking Rate

40%
of High School Seniors nationwide have vaped in the past 30 days
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Tobacco Prevention vs. Industry Marketing

California spends $326M in tobacco prevention efforts and the tobacco industry spends $496.3M in marketing. For every $1 spent in prevention, Big Tobacco spends $2 in marketing.

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Tax per pack of cigarettes

$2.87

E-cigarette tax

$1.63

State Rank

11

Higher tobacco taxes are associated with decreases in tobacco use and increases in cessation and lower youth initiation.

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Annual State Healthcare Costs due to Tobacco Use

$13.29 billion

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Tobacco Free Kids California

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.

State Of Tobacco Control California

SLATI (State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues) is an extensively researched and invaluable source of information on tobacco control laws and policy, and is the only up-to-date and comprehensive summary of state tobacco control laws.

SLATI State Information California

SLATI (State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues) is an extensively researched and invaluable source of information on tobacco control laws and policy, and is the only up-to-date and comprehensive summary of state tobacco control laws.


The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation and the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids support these four principles for Tobacco 21 ordinances:

  1. Include all tobacco and nicotine products, specifically e-cigarettes. The only exceptions would be FDA recognized nicotine replacement products (gum, patch, etc.) intended for cessation.
  2. Include significant enforcement provisions against illegal sales as research shows that consistent enforcement is of critical importance.
  3. Not include any pre-emption against local authority in more stringent regulation of tobacco or other nicotine product sales, secondhand smoke, or e-cigarette vapor.
  4. Ideally not include possession, usage, or purchase (PUP) penalties that result in criminal records, and instead place the onus on the purveyors of these addictive products.

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