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.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.