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6 Bills Limiting Youth Access to Tobacco in California

These California bills are reducing the chances that children will be impacted by the lifetime health risks associated with tobacco and e-cigarette devices.

For the first time in decades, important legislation to help prevent kids from becoming addicted to tobacco has passed through the California State Legislature and is now on Governor Jerry Brown's desk for his signature.

Common Sense Kids Action stands in strong support of the six-bill package that passed out of the Senate on Thursday, March 10, after earning the support of the Assembly a week earlier.

We believe we must take action on this issue because, as the United States Surgeon General's 2012 report Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Youth Adults warned, "Tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic."

The report notes that 90 percent of cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18. Each day in the United States more than 3,800 youth age 18 or younger smoke their first cigarette.

The Surgeon General's report explains why these measures to regulate tobacco and reduce our children's exposure to these products is so important: "This is a time in life of great vulnerability to social influences, and the pervasive presence of tobacco product marketing -- including everything from sleek ads in magazines to youth-generated posts on social-networking sites, to images of smoking in the movies -- conveys messages that make tobacco use attractive to youth and young adults."

This legislative package will help kids by limiting youth access to tobacco products, helping prevent underage tobacco use, protecting children from the influence of smokeless devices in public spaces, and reducing the chances that children will be impacted by the lifetime health risks associated with tobacco and e-cigarette devices.

That's why Common Sense Kids Action is now urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign into law these six bills related to tobacco and tobacco products:

ABX2 7 (Stone) closes loopholes in the state's smoke-free workplace laws.

ABX2 9 (Thurmond and Nazarian) prohibits tobacco and e-cigarette use on any public school grounds.

ABX2 10 (Bloom) allows counties to impose a tax on cigarette and tobacco distributors.

ABX2 11 (Nazarian) revises the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003 to change the retailer license fee and increase the distributor and wholesaler license fee.

SBX2 5 (Leno) expands the definition of "tobacco product" to include e-cigarettes and extends current restrictions and prohibitions against the use of tobacco products to e-cigarettes.

SBX2 7 (Hernandez) increases the minimum legal age to purchase or consume tobacco from 18 to 21.

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