California’s SB 1400, which sought to take tobacco completely out of grocery stores, convenience stores and other general merchants met its demise in the state Assembly on Tuesday, failing to get a motion to vote on it in the Committee on Business and Professions.

The bill won the support of the state Senate earlier this month, passing by a 21-16 vote on June 2. It was sponsored by State Sen. Bob Wieckowksi (D-10) and wanted 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 Cigar Association of America called Tuesday’s proceedings “a major victory for our industry,” adding that the organization worked closely with its California-based partners to defeat the measure.

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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, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.