By Matt Fountain
Flavored e-cigarettes would no longer be sold in gas stations and liquor stores, and retailers who sell tobacco products to underage customers would face higher penalties if a bill submitted to the state Legislature on Tuesday is successful.
San Luis Obispo County’s Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham and two other legislators submitted the bill, AB 1639, which would create the what they call “the toughest anti-teen vaping policy in the nation.”
Cunningham, a Republican who represents San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties’ 35th Assembly District, announced in a news release Tuesday that he co-authored the bill with Assemblymen Adam Gray, D-Merced, and Assemblyman Robert Rivas, D-Hollister.
If signed into law, the bill would:
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- Ban e-cigarette manufacturers from advertising products to children
- Limit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to tobacco shops
- Increase penalties for selling tobacco products to underage individuals
- Increase penalties for individuals who provide tobacco products to underage individuals
- Require retailers who sell tobacco products to use age verification technology
- Ban individuals under 21 from entering a tobacco or vaping store
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