We are closely watching SB575
California Customers and Premium Tobacco Retailers: We wanted to take this moment to update you on Senate Bill 575. SB575 proposes to strip important exemptions from the state’s public smoking prohibitions–simply put, if approved, SB575 would ban smoking in retail tobacco shops, among other places.
To amend the Federal FDA Tobacco Control Act; to clarify the FDA’s jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, and to protect jobs and small businesses involved in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.
Bill # H.R.1639.
About This Legislation:
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, and to protect jobs and small businesses involved in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.
A California senate committee voted on Wednesday to pass a bill that expands the prohibition on workplace smoking to include retail tobacco shops.
The Senate’s Labor and Industrial Relations Committee voted 5-2 to refer Bill 575 to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, as passed, eliminates most of the specified exemptions, like the one that allows for legal smoking in retail tobacco shops, written into the current workplace smoking ban.
California’s tobacconists unsurprisingly oppose the bill, and the Cigar Rights of America has called the legislation“an assault on small business.”
The Cigar Rights of America has been fighting the legislation since it was introduced in February by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, urging both members and non-members to sign an online petition.
Visit www.cigarrights.org/petition_California001.php to sign up.
For more on this story, see the next issue of Cigar Insider, out April 19.