California smoking bills in holding pattern, stalling lobbyist threat

From The Sacramento Bee

Politically potent tobacco bills have not advanced to Gov. Jerry Brown a week after California legislators passed them, for now delaying the tobacco industry’s strategy to exact revenge with a referendum campaign.

As lawmakers rounded up votes for measures hailed by public health advocates as the toughest in years – including bills to raise the tobacco-buying age to 21, to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, and to allow cities and counties to place local tobacco tax increases on the ballot – tobacco industry lobbyists issued a pointed threat.

our take

The situation in California is a painful reminder that while youth and adult smoking in the U.S. is on the decline, the tobacco industry is still fighting keep selling their deadly product to current and future smokers in California and elsewhere.