On August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products. The ban encompasses menthol cigarettes, e-cigarettes in flavors other than tobacco and oral tobacco products. Exceptions were made for hookah, premium cigars, and pipe tobacco. Retailers selling flavored tobacco products may be subject to a $250 fine for each sale.
The fiscal impact of banning flavored tobacco products is estimated to range from the tens of millions to roughly $100 million annually, according to Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). If a substantial number of smokers quit because of the ban it could