Earlier today, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a law that would restrict local governments from enforcing stricter tobacco laws including the banning of flavored tobacco products or requiring specific tobacco retailer licenses.

The bill now moves to the South Carolina Senate.

H. 3681 would preempt local governments from enacting new restrictions regarding “ingredients, flavors, or licensing” for the sale of cigarettes, other tobacco products, e-cigarettes, e-liquids, vapor products, and alternative nicotine products. This would mean that cities and counties within the state would have no authority to ban flavored cigars; rather, the state would need to ban flavored cigars.

The bill passed today by a vote of 80-23.

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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.