California State Bill Update
Last week the Appropriations committee took up AB1097 (introduced in early 2017) which prohibits the use of tobacco products (under CA law that includes vapor products) on state beaches and and in state parks. The vote was 12-5 along typical party lines (all D’s in favor, all R’s opposed). The bill has been referred to the suspense file (a temporary holding place to determine and weigh the cost involved). We do expect it’ll come out of the suspense file and head into the next committee from there.
Similarly the companion bills SB835 (parks) and SB836 (beaches) and SB835 have been referred to the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
Stefan switched from smoking to vaping in 2012 and has been a vocal and active supporter and advocate for vapor products and tobacco harm reduction and is frequently seen testifying in front of state and local legislators and policy makers. Outside of Stefan’s legislative and PR efforts, including the creation of the #notblowingsmoke website and movement, he is mostly known for working out of the world’s most famous home office. Stefan has been featured in many articles and interviews on the subject of vapor products, electronic cigarettes, and harm reduction, including professor Stanton Glantz’ Tobacco Control blog at the University of California, San Francisco.
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