A bill seeking to ban flavored tobacco in California is moving forward.

Last week, S.B. 38 was passed 4-2 by the California Senate Appropriations Committee meaning it will now head to a vote in the full Senate. If passed, the bill would ban all flavor tobacco products with a few exceptions. Tobacco products that are flavored with menthol would be exempt, as would hookah tobacco and any product that has a patent prior issued to Jan. 1, 2000.

Currently, there are 18 spnsors of the bill, all Democrats.

If passed, California would be the first state in the United States.to ban flavored tobacco products.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.