The California Law SB-793 prohibits the sale of most
flavored tobacco products. Flavored tobacco products
include, but are not limited to, flavored cigarettes,
flavored smokeless tobacco products, and flavored electronic
cigarettes or e-liquids. This law does not penalize anyone
who purchases, uses, or possesses a flavored tobacco
product. For background information about the law, visit
California Department of Public Health also has information
about the law for tobacco retailers.
Some jurisdictions in San Mateo County have adopted their own
local ordinances restricting the sale of flavored tobacco and/or
electronic cigarettes. Tobacco retailers in those
jurisdictions must continue to comply with the local
restrictions. Tobacco retailers who continue to sell
flavored tobacco products place themselves at risk of receiving a
fine and/or having their local tobacco retailer permit suspended.
These ordinances serve to address the recent increase in flavored
tobacco (i.e. e-cigarettes, vapes, etc.) use among youth and
young adults, which has led to an “epidemic”, as declared by the
Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Surgeon General in the
fall of 2018.
Resources that may be helpful to understand the issue: