Two Fact Sheets on the New California Tobacco Laws

Two Fact Sheets on the New California Tobacco Laws

June 23, 2016

Last month, California took major steps to strengthen tobacco control policy and improve public health. 

California Governor Jerry Brown signed some of the most important tobacco control bills the state has considered in years. The new laws have raised the minimum legal age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21. They also further restrict tobacco use in workplaces, require all schools to be smokefree (including the use of e-cigarettes), and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere the state prohibits smoking.

ChangeLab Solutions partnered with the California Tobacco Control Program to develop two fact sheets to help California businesses comply with the new regulations.

  • The Summary for Employers and Owner-Operated Businesses outlines changes to smokefree protections in the workplace. It identifies the areas and worksites now required to be smokefree—such as small businesses, warehouses, and certain areas of hotels and motels—and explains that the use of e-cigarettes is now prohibited in all places cigarette smoking is prohibited under state law.
  • The Summary for Retailers describes how tobacco retailers must comply with the new minimum sale age of 21, and explains that e-cigarettes are considered tobacco products under state law. In addition, it notes that by January 1, 2017, any retailer that sells e-cigarettes must apply for a state license to sell those products.

To learn more about the new laws, see other related resources. And if you have specific questions, submit them to our tobacco control team.