Court Order Suspends Enactment of California Tobacco Flavor Ban

California Superior Court Suspends Enactment of Senate Bill 793's Tobacco Flavor Ban

The following legislative update is provided by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)

On Dec. 10, 2020, the Superior Court for the County of Sacramento, California issued the accompanying Order and Judgment suspending the effective date of Jan. 1, 2021 of California Senate Bill 793 (SB 793), the state law that would ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products. This means that SB 793 does not take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

This court order is the result of a joint stipulation (or agreement) in a lawsuit recently filed by the three petitioners that originally submitted the petition referendum seeking to overturn Senate Bill 793, the California Secretary of State, and the California Attorney General.  On Dec. 7, 2020, the California Secretary of State issued a notification that the petition referendum seeking to overturn SB 793 contained more than the required 623,212 voter signatures required to place a question on the November 2022 California general election ballot to allow voters to decide whether SB 793 goes into effect or is repealed.