CA Flavor Ban
SB-793 Is Officially Here
SB-793 was first signed into effect by Governor Newsom in 2020 before being placed on electoral ballots in California as Proposition 31 in November 2022.
What is SB-793?
In the election of November 2022, California voters determined whether SB-793 would go into effect. After Proposition 31 was approved it allowed SB-793 to be enforced state-wide. The bill focuses on retail environments and restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, with exceptions. Flavored hookah, pipe tobacco, and premium cigars are still able to be sold in retail settings under SB-793.
SB-793 Went Into Effect December 21, 2022
Once the law took effect, tobacco retailers in California would no longer be allowed to sell products prohibited under SB-793 and would need to remove this inventory from their shelves.
Retailers that do not Comply Receive a $250 Fine
Local tobacco retailers are also subject to any local regulations in their jurisdiction that may prohibit the sales of additional products or impose more significant fines or penalties than the state law.
Flavored Tobacco Cannot Be Sold In Retail Stores or Vending Machines
SB-793 prohibits a tobacco retailer, or any of the tobacco retailer’s agents or employees, from selling, offering for sale, or possessing with the intent to sell or offer for sale most flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes, as well as tobacco product flavor enhancers.
SB-793 Covers Flavored Tobacco Products and Menthol Cigarettes
Retailers will no longer be allowed to sell menthol cigarettes, flavored e-cigarettes, flavored vapes, flavored e-juice, flavored pods, flavored cartridges, tobacco product flavor enhancers, flavored little cigars, flavored cigarillos, flavored tobacco rolling papers, flavored loose-leaf roll-your-own tobacco, flavored smokeless tobacco products, and flavored blunt wraps.