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California bans the sale of most flavored tobacco products.
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The tobacco industry is destroying the people and places we love.

And they spend billions to convince us it’s normal.1

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California flavored tobacco ban

Flavored tobacco is out. Saving lives is in.

A new law ends the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including vapes and menthol cigarettes, and helps protect all Californians from a lifetime of deadly addiction — especially our kids.

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New Law for Tobacco Retailers

Selling flavored tobacco is now illegal.

A new California law prohibits retailers from selling most flavored tobacco products, including vapes and menthol cigarettes. Follow the law to avoid fines – and save lives.

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Flavored tobacco & your kids

How Big Tobacco created a youth vaping epidemic

Teens are 7x more likely than adults to vape,67 and 96% of them use flavors.8 California’s new flavored tobacco law protects kids from a lifetime of deadly addiction.

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Menthol Cigarettes & Black Communities

We Are Not Profit

For too long Big Tobacco has been strategically killing Black communities with menthol cigarettes.910 California’s new flavored tobacco law focuses on tobacco retailers – not the people who use tobacco.

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“I was 13 the first time I vaped ... a lot of people post on their Snapchat stories or on Instagram of them vaping.”

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Tobacco industry’s damage

The tobacco industry currently spends billions each year on slick marketing tactics11 and political influence12 so they can profit off death and disease.
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Even for people who don’t use tobacco, there can be deadly consequences.13
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The industry calls kids their “replacement customers.”14 Big Tobacco sentences them to a lifetime of addiction and disease.
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This racist and unjust industry has strategically targeted certain communities with deadly products and manipulative messaging.15
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No one’s safe from the environmental damage16 and health risks1718192021 from toxic tobacco waste and its plastic pollution.22
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Who we are

As a California Department of Public Health program, we’ve been taking on the tobacco industry since 1988. We work to undo the tobacco industry’s influence, protect the environment, and have saved the lives of more than 1 million Californians – and counting.

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Hold the industry accountable

California has already protected people from other harmful products,2324 and it’s time to hold the tobacco industry to the same standards.

More ways to tell the industry you’ve had enough
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  3. Smith M, Love DC, Rochman CM, Neff RA. Microplastics in Seafood and the Implications for Human Health. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2018;5(3):375-386. doi:10.1007/s40572-018-0206-z.
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  8. Zhu S-H, Braden K, Zhuang Y-L, Braden K, Gamst A, Cole AG, Wolfson T, Li S. (2021). Results of the Statewide 2019-20 California Student Tobacco Survey. San Diego, California: Center for Research and Intervention in Tobacco Control (CRITC), University of California San Diego.
  9. Anderson SJ. Marketing of menthol cigarettes and consumer perceptions: a review of tobacco industry documents. Tob Control. 2011;20 Suppl 2(Suppl_2):ii20-ii28. doi:10.1136/tc.2010.041939.
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  16. Break Free From Plastic. Branded Vol. III: Demanding corporate accountability for plastic pollution. 2020.
  17. Poma A, Vecchiotti G, Colafarina S, et al. In Vitro Genotoxicity of Polystyrene Nanoparticles on the Human Fibroblast Hs27 Cell Line. Nanomaterials (Basel). 2019;9(9):1299. Published 2019 Sep 11. doi:10.3390/nano9091299.
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  19. Jacob H, Besson M, Swarzenski PW, Lecchini D, Metian M. Effects of Virgin Micro- and Nanoplastics on Fish: Trends, Meta-Analysis, and Perspectives. Environ Sci Technol. 2020;54(8):4733-4745. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b05995
  20. Ziv-Gal A, Flaws JA. Evidence for bisphenol A-induced female infertility: a review (2007-2016). Fertil Steril. 2016;106(4):827-856. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.06.027.
  21. Campanale C, Massarelli C, Savino I, Locaputo V, Uricchio VF. A Detailed Review Study on Potential Effects of Microplastics and Additives of Concern on Human Health. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(4):1212. Published 2020 Feb 13. doi:10.3390/ijerph17041212.
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  23. Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Making California First in the Nation to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics [press release]. gov.ca.gov. https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/09/30/governor-newsom-signs-legislation-making-california-first-in-the-nation-to-ban-toxic-chemicals-in-cosmetics/. Published September 30, 2020. Accessed March 23, 2022.
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