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A half dozen tobacco bills — including legislation to regulate electronic cigarettes and raise the legal smoking age to 21 — passed the state Senate appropriations committee and are headed for a floor vote.
In the scrum of Sacramento politics and influence, some controversial bills are buried into the ground at the committee level. But recently, in a neat political power play, a few given-up-for-dead anti-tobacco bills pulled a little end-around.
A new report from Stanford researchers finds “systematic bias” in the court presentations of half a dozen medical specialists who testify on behalf of tobacco companies.
In an unusual move, legislative leaders moved tobacco regulation proposals to the California Legislature’s special session on health, circumventing the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization that had scuttled two of them.
UC-San Francisco researchers say the California Assembly’s relatively obscure Committee on Governmental Organization has a history of severely amending or holding anti-tobacco legislation.
Stefan Didak of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, Tim Gibbs of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, UC-San Francisco professor Stanton Glantz, state Sen. Mark Leno and Zach Shpizner, a vape shop worker in San Mateo, spoke with California Healthline about proposed legislation to regulate electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product and ban vaping in public places.
Restricting tobacco sales is just “good public policy,” according to state Sen. Ed Hernandez, who introduced a bill yesterday to raise the legal smoking age in California.
California yesterday became one of a handful of states to issue a public health warning about the dangers of electronic cigarettes. The state Department of Public Health will ramp up efforts to combat their use.