Opponents of Proposition 31 seek to overturn Senate Bill 793 (SB 793), which was signed into law on August 28, 2020. SB 793 was designed to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products and tobacco product flavor enhancers, with exceptions for hookah tobacco, loose leaf tobacco, and premium cigars. Retailers would be fined $250 for each sale violating the law.
The California State Legislature passed SB 793 in August 2020. The legislation received support from most legislative Democrats (84 of 89) and a quarter of legislative Republicans (8 of 30). One legislator voted against the bill, and the remaining legislators were absent or abstained. State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-13), the legislative sponsor of SB 793, said, "Using candy, fruit and other alluring flavors, the tobacco industry weaponized its tactics to beguile a new generation into nicotine addiction while keeping longtime users hooked. SB 793 breaks Big Tobacco’s death grip." The California Fuels & Convenience Alliance, which opposed SB 793, described the flavored tobacco ban as "misguided policy that will do more harm than good" and "hurt small businesses, eliminate necessary tax revenue, and perpetuate dangerous and avoidable police interactions in our communities."
The California Coalition for Fairness is campaigning for the veto referendum to repeal SB 793. Through December 31, 2021, the campaign had received $21.16 million, including $10.33 million from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and $9.83 million from Philip Morris USA.
This November in California make sure to reject Proposition 31. The ban on sales of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco in brick and mortar stores. The ban has been held at bay since SB793 passed in 2020 and this is the last chance you'll have to defeat this misguided attack on harm reduction in California.