A bill seeking to pull tobacco products from convenience and grocery stores in California has gotten the approval of the state senate, which voted 21-16 in favor of it on Thursday.
SB 1400, sponsored by State Sen. Bob Wieckowksi (D-10), seeks to change the definition of which types of stores are able to apply for retail tobacco sales permits, making it a requirement that they generate at least 60 percent of gross revenue from tobacco products in order to be able to sell them. That would move tobacco almost exclusively to cigar shops.
The bill now heads to the state assembly. If it becomes law, it would go into effect in January 2019.