From February 2022, subscribers can view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our monthly compilations, visit our alerts round-up section.

US - California: RJ Reynolds and other tobacco companies have filed a motion in the US Supreme Court asking for an emergency order to prevent California from enforcing the flavour ban approved in the November ballot, press reports.

US - California: Attorney general Rob Bonta announced $18.6m in state grant funding to 41 local government agencies to tackle the illegal sale of tobacco products, especially to minors, as part of the Department of Justice’s annual Tobacco Grant Program. The grant programme hopes to not only curb retailers disregarding federal tobacco laws, but to ultimately prevent the next generation from being addicted to tobacco.
US - California: Tobacco companies are suing California over the flavour ban that passed via the ballot on Tuesday 8th November. They state that although the state and localities have broad authority to regulate tobacco products under federal law, "one thing they cannot do is completely prohibit their sale because they do not meet the state or locality’s preferred 'tobacco product standards'." Thus, the flavour ban would be pre-empted by federal law. The plaintiffs are RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, RJ Reynolds Vapor Company, American Snuff Company, LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc., Modoral Brands Inc., Neighborhood Market Association Inc., and MORIJA LLC dba Vapin' The 619.

US - California: As expected, voters in California yesterday passed Proposition 31 to uphold the 2020 legislation banning the sale of flavoured e-cigarette and tobacco products. Senate Bill 793 was delayed due to a referendum call by the industry, which gave the voters the final say. Many local jurisdictions in the state have already passed some sort of restriction on flavoured products, the sale of which will now be forbidden state-wide.

US - California: Proposition 31, which aims to uphold Senate Bill 793, is on the state ballot today. A “yes” vote would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco and vaping products in California.

US - California: A flavoured tobacco products ban referendum is on the 8th November ballot in California. Some health organisations are advocating to vote yes, so as to uphold Senate Bill 793, which would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products. San Luis Obispo County health officer, Penny Borenstein, is among them, encouraging the community to vote yes, stating: "We stand with commendable health organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Cancer Action Network of the American Cancer Society, the California Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics." San Luis Obispo County has a population of around 280,000.
US - California: The Santa Rosa County District Schools has joined the lawsuit against the e-cigarette company Juul, which seeks damages for school districts nationwide impacted by student vaping. Santa Rosa is home to 180,000 people and 36% of the county's high schoolers have tried vaping, media reports. As of now, over 1,400 school districts have joined the lawsuit, but that number could grow as more districts make their decisions this month.
29th September 2022 - California, North America, United States |

US - California: The city of Chula Vista has unanimously voted to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco and vaping products from 1st January 2023, local media reports. With a population of over 275,000, Chula Vista is the second-largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area.

US - California: The San Benito County Board has voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance banning the sale of single-use e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco products within both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county, which lies in the Coast Range Mountains to the south of San Francisco and has a population of around 64,000. The ordinance, which also prohibits tobacco retailers from selling e-cigarettes, adds to the Californian trend of local flavour bans while a referendum on a state-wide flavour ban is pending.

US - California: Senate Bill 1215, which covers the recycling of electronic waste, has been amended by the Assembly to specifically exclude electronic nicotine delivery systems.

US - California: As of 25th July, it’s unlawful to sell flavoured tobacco to anyone in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. The sales ban includes flavoured cigarettes, e-cigarettes and cigars along with any flavoured edible tobacco and nicotine products. According to a Sacramento County news release, all cigarette products with smells and flavours except tobacco are prohibited from being sold. Hookah lounges are not exempt from the ban.

US - California: Attorney general Rob Bonta yesterday announced $22m in state funding for local government agencies to tackle the illegal sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, especially to minors. He said the Department of Justice’s Tobacco Grant Program would give local agencies “the funding they need to keep our children healthy and hold tobacco retailers accountable”. Any local agencies with authority to enforce tobacco-related state laws or local ordinances are eligible to apply.

US - California: Millbrae City Council intends to prepare an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of flavoured tobacco products within the city, which lies in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a population of just over 23,000. Millbrae is in San Mateo County, where sales of flavoured tobacco products and e-cigarettes have been banned in unincorporated areas since 2018. The county intends to update its Tobacco Retailer Permit Ordinance to specifically include synthetic nicotine products and non-nicotine e-cigarettes and to place stipulations on where new retailers can be located. A Californian referendum over a state-wide flavour ban is still pending.

US - California: San Jose’s ban on flavoured tobacco becomes effective today, 1st July, prohibiting the sale of any tobacco products and e-cigarettes with an artificial flavour, natural flavour, aroma, herb or spice, including menthol-flavoured products. The ban exempts shisha, hookah and premium cigars from the restrictions. San Jose is the most populated city in the San Francisco metropolitan area, which means that the ban could affect around 1m people.
US - California: As written in Senate Bill (SB) 395, enacted last year, beginning today, 1st July 2022, “a purchaser shall pay a tax on the purchase for use in this state of an electronic cigarette from a retailer at the rate of 12.5 percent of the sales price of the electronic cigarette”. The bill requires a retailer to collect the tax from the purchaser at the time of the retail sale of an e-cigarette. This tax was aimed at bringing closer tax parity between e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products and found support from the California State Association of Counties, among others, stating: “The bill will place an additional retail tax on e-cigarette and vaping products to help support safety-net services across early childhood, public health, and health care systems.”
US - California: The Los Angeles City Council voted an overwhelming 12 to 0 to pass an ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavoured tobacco in the city, including all flavours except tobacco – with an exception for shisha tobacco at hookah lounges. The ordinance moves to the mayor’s desk for consideration to be signed into law and would become effective on 1st January 2023. The interim president, Mitch O'Farrell, made a heart-felt speech about tobacco policies after the voting, stating that everyone listening surely had someone who had been affected by tobacco or nicotine. He emphasised that the bill doesn't ban the possession or use of flavoured tobacco for people over 21, as their aim is to protect the youth from such policies.
US - California: The Scotts Valley City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday 18th May with a favourable vote of 5-0, local media reports. The ordinance would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products in the city, and also prohibit smoking or vaping in any designated seating areas of restaurants or outdoor eating establishments. We see yet another locality enact a flavour ban, while the referendum at state level to enact the state-wide flavour ban is still pending. Scotts Valley City is within the Santa Cruz county and has a population of around 12,000.
US - California: The San Diego Council passed an ordinance (the SAAFE Act) yesterday, which will ban the sale of all flavoured tobacco products (including menthol) in the city starting 1st January 2023, local media reports. The ordinance does not apply to the sale of shisha, premium cigars or loose-leaf tobacco and unflavoured or tobacco-flavoured e-cigarettes. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cessation devices will also be exempt from the ban.
US - California: Assembly Bill (AB) 1690 has been ordered to the inactive file, meaning that the bill is ready to be heard on the floor but for some reason is dormant; an author of the bill may move it off the inactive file at a later date. AB 1690 would prohibit a person or entity from selling, giving, or furnishing to another person of any age in this state a cigarette utilising a single-use filter made of any material, a single-use plastic device meant to facilitate manual manipulation or filtration of a cigar, a single-use e-cigarette, or a single-use integrated cannabis vaporiser.
US - California: The El Dorado County Office of Education recently hosted a student training day for the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program, which included students from El Dorado, Independence, Union Mine, and Black Oak Mine Unified School District, local media reports. The purpose of the TUPE Program is to reduce youth usage of tobacco products through tobacco-specific educational instruction and activities that build knowledge as well as social skills and youth development assets. Melissa Kistler, director of District and Program Support and TUPE liaison emphasised the fact that the “training is unique because it is the first time we have cross collaboration between school districts in this county”.

California: San Diego City Council voted 7-2 at a special meeting yesterday to approve the SAAFE (Stop Adolescent Addiction to Flavored E-cigarettes) Act, which would prohibit the sale of all flavoured tobacco and e-cigarette products in the city, local media reports. The issue will come before the council again in 30 days.

US - California: On today’s agenda for San Diego City Council was Item 600, the approval of the SAAFE (Stop Adolescent Addiction to Flavored E-cigarettes) Act, which would prohibit the sale of flavoured tobacco products in the city. If passed, the ban will include all flavours but for tobacco from 1st January 2023.

US - California: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against RJ Reynolds’ case against Los Angeles County’s flavour ban, which includes menthol cigarettes and other flavoured tobacco products. Reynolds argued that, under the Tobacco Control Act (TCA), states and local jurisdictions could not ban the sale of tobacco products. However, the federal judge said the TCA included a preemption clause with an exception (“requirements relating to the sale, distribution, possession, information reporting to the State, exposure to, access to, the advertising and promotion of, or use of, tobacco products”), a broad preservation of state and local authority which the ban would fit.

US - California: The Monterey County Board of Supervisors passed last Tuesday, 15th March, the ordinance containing a ban on flavoured tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) and single-use electronic cigarettes. “Michelle House, a program coordinator for the county Health Department, said the new regulation will be posted for 30 days before it officially becomes a Monterey County ordinance,” local media reports. Retailers thus have 30 days to sell their stock until the ban becomes effective. This ban comes just two weeks after the Santa Ana City Council also approved an ordinance to end the sale of flavoured tobacco products, which is set to take effect on 14th April. Santa Ana mayor Vicente Sarmiento said that would be sufficient notice for retailers.
US - California: At its latest meeting, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of an ordinance to ban sales of single-use e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco products of any flavour other than tobacco. The ban would include all products containing tobacco leaves and any product containing nicotine. The second vote is set for 15th March.

California: An ordinance has been approved in the city of Antioch in Contra Costa County to prohibit characterising flavours in tobacco products, impose packaging restrictions on cigarettes and cigars, and ban the sale of e-cigarettes for use with tobacco or tobacco products, local press reports. At the meeting which took the decision, councilmember Mike Barbanica expressed strong opposition, saying: “We have a city that allows cannabis sales...but you cannot buy some bubblegum vaping pen”. Another councilmember put a motion to waive the first reading and read by title only, which passed 3-2.