New Bill Introduced To Ban All Tobacco Products To Those Born After 2007

AB 935 is modeled on a similar New Zealand law

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A bill to ban all tobacco sales to those born after 2007, resulting in the eventual total phase out of tobacco sales in the state in the coming decade, was introduced in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Assembly Bill 935, authored by Assemblyman Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael), would specifically implement a phased tobacco ban by prohibiting a tobacco retailer from selling tobacco products to any person born on or after January 1, 2007. While sales would be legal for anyone born before the cutoff date, the 21-years-old restriction would eventually be replaced by this law. For example, in 2029, only those 22 and older would be able to purchase tobacco, and in 2040, only those 33 years and older.  The bill would also provide penalties for violations, including escalating civil fines and the suspension or revocation of the sellers license to sell tobacco products.

Assemblyman Connolly wrote the bill as a measure to improve public health, as well as the health of the next generations in California. Connolly also noted that the bill was similar to laws passed in New Zealand, which set a tobacco ban for all born after 2009, and Norway, which has a proposed ban for anyone born after 2000.

“Preventing the next generation of Californians from becoming addicted to smoking should be a priority for anyone who cares about the public health of our state and the well-being of our children,” said Assemblyman Connolly to the Globe on Wednesday. “AB 935 is a measured solution to address the widespread issue of youth tobacco addiction. The bill selectively prohibits those born after January 1st, 2007 from purchasing tobacco products, similar to recent laws passed in New Zealand and Norway. To be clear—this bill will not affect anyone who is currently of legal age and able to purchase tobacco products and will not punish individuals for simply using or possessing these items. By slowing phasing out the use of these harmful products, we can ensure that the next generation children in California do not get addicted to smoking.”

A tobacco sales ban bill for those born after 2007

While no lawmakers have come out in opposition to the bill, some tobacco companies and retailers have. In statements made on Wednesday, they noted that the bill would restrict the rights of smokers from using legal products and that AB 935 is not based on any scientific evidence.

“We are deeply concerned about AB 935 and any legislation that seeks to restrict the rights of premium cigar smokers,” said Joshua Habursky, deputy executive director of the Premium Cigar Association, on Wednesday. “These proposals are not based on scientific evidence, but rather on a political agenda that seeks to demonize adult cigar smokers and restrict their freedom to enjoy a legal product. Clearly it is no longer a hidden agenda of the anti-tobacco groups to support full prohibition.”

Others have taken a more nuanced view, saying that while it is well known that using tobacco products are bad for peoples health and that it is still considered one of the largest public health crises out there, it is also still a legal product in the country and that use itself isn’t covered under the bill, meaning that older Californians can still buy for those 21 and older or that they can buy out of state.

“AB 935 is careful to only ban the sales and not usage,” explained Richard Groome, a tobacco use researcher, to the Globe on Wednesday. “Even if this is passed, and it’s a longshot, it will be very hard to control. People can still buy out of state, so it might gain this mystique, plus older people can still buy. It might become way more niche as a result, but it also won’t fully go away. Just the easiest option to buy would.”

“For this to pass, it will also have to get past the fact that smoking in California has been declining rapidly since the 1980s. Between 1988 and 2017, smoking amongst adults fell by 57%. Only about 8.8% of Californian adults still smoke, and that number is expected to go down further in the coming years. It’s already declining quickly, so that may add another point of contention here.

Click here to read the full article in the California Globe

Comments

  1. So, in Kommiefornia it will be perfectly acceptable to smoke marijuana and crack, inject heroin, fentanyl and other drugs, take drugs orally or by inhalation but not smoke or use tobacco products in any form. The people running the state are clearly insane.

  2. But marijuana and other drugs are legal, etc. Sure, that makes sense.

  3. You are missing the point that it is a violation of the rights and liberties of people. If this is allowed what can then not prohibited in the name of the collective good? It’s like the progressives banned alcohol over 100 years ago in their quest to create a perfect society. Hitler also exercised total control of people, so he could implement his utopian vision of a perfect society.

  4. Assemblyman Connolly is “gov. authority” idiot.

    Roger is right. Understand the only reason this is on is the fact that idiot voters refuse to tell Slick to Stick it when it comes to stating you cannot own a car that is not ev.

    It is the same way Kalif. is getting away with RHNA….. where in the state constitution gives government that right?

    People if you do not fight back it will happen.

  5. Right, smoking pot=good, smoking tobacco=bad. Who says? All this will do is create a thriving black market in cigarettes. Those who seek a banned product can always find it fairly readily. Slipperly slope, folks!

  6. When are we in California going to wake up to this insane left agenda?

  7. Prohibition didn’t work either.

  8. Heywood Jablome says

    How about we give cigarettes and other tobacco products out to anyone over 21, as much as they want, as long as they consume the products themselves. Load up, smoke up, no limit. However, to pay for it, those people on the no-limit plan don’t get health care. None. Sprained your ankle? Boo hoo. Have a cigarette. Got the flu? Yeah, that happens… Try menthols. Lung cancer or need a laryngectomy? Here’s another carton of no-filters. Have a nice day.
    This way, all the people who think it is a good idea to smoke will die off sooner, thereby decongesting the freeways, for example. With less demand, medical prices would fall for the rest of us. Insurance rates would be more affordable if you were on the non-smoker plan (random testing required). Second hand smoke would be gone because the first-hand smokers would be gone.
    A ton of benefits. Smokers get to enjoy all the upsides to the max. The rest get to enjoy the somewhat delayed upsides to the max later.

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