In considering the ban, state lawmakers cited a 2018 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found that 67% of high school students and 49% of middle school students who had used tobacco products in the past 30 days said they having used a flavored tobacco product during this time.
Lindsey Freitas-Norman, advocacy director for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, said passage of Proposition 31 is critical to halting sales of products she describes as the industry’s path “to appeal to a new generation.”
“These youngsters are drawn to the flavors but addicted to the nicotine,” Freitas-Norman said. “This policy is really about protecting our children from an industry that sees them as dollar signs and nothing more.”
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The Yes on 31 campaign is supported by Newsom, the California Democratic Party, the California Teachers Assn. and a range of organizations representing doctors, dentists, nurses and public health professionals.
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA support the campaign against Proposition 31, and the California Republican Party voted “no” to the initiative.
Beth Miller, a spokeswoman for the “No” campaign, called Proposition 31 a “blanket ban” on products that are already heavily regulated.
“What Proposition 31 would do is take away from them that adult choice of what adults want to choose,” Miller said. “We think the ban isn’t working.”
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-06/2022-california-election-guide-proposition-31-flavored-tobacco 2022 California election: Your guide to Proposition 31