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In Spite of Big Tobacco’s Million-Dollar Ad Campaign Against It, Landmark Bill Ending the Sale of Candy-Flavored Tobacco Including Menthol Heads to Assembly Floor for Historic Vote

Sacramento, CA – Today SB 793, landmark legislation authored by State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) to end the sale of flavored tobacco products in California moved out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to the Assembly floor for a full vote. This comes as legislators are facing a multi-million dollar advertising onslaught desperately trying to trick legislators into siding with the tobacco industry and opposing SB 793.

“For decades, the predatory tobacco industry has been working overtime to hook Black, brown and low-income children with their original candy-flavored product – minty-menthol cigarettes,” said Dr. Phil Gardiner, Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council. “With today’s actions, California’s legislators have the opportunity to stand up to this dishonest marketing and lead the nation by passing one of the strongest flavored tobacco restrictions in the country. We’re proud the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted today to stand up and be the heroes our kids need, and we’ll fight every step of the way to put kids’ health before Big Tobacco’s profits.”

The coalition includes sponsors of SB 793: the Office of Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and Common Sense Kids Action.