Tobacco Laws Affecting California

Tobacco Laws Affecting California

2016 Guide to Tobacco Regulation

Tobacco Laws Affecting California is a user-friendly guide to laws regulating exposure to secondhand smoke and the sale and marketing of tobacco products. The 2016 update is comprehensive: It discusses new state laws that regulate e-cigarette sales and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere the state prohibits smoking. It also discusses changes to state laws that raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21 (except for active military personnel), further restrict tobacco use in workplaces, and require all schools to be smokefree.

In addition to these new and modified state regulations, the guide includes information on existing California laws related to tobacco use, sales, and marketing. It also highlights new and existing federal laws that apply within California, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming rule and the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. (It does not contain information on the numerous local laws in California that regulate tobacco use, sales, or distribution, many of which are stricter than state law or federal law.)

This popular booklet is a resource for tobacco control advocates, government attorneys, local law enforcement agencies, and anyone working on tobacco control issues. We are grateful to the California Department of Public Health for continuing to fund this work! Download the 2016 booklet below for the most up-to-date information, and be sure to check out the many model policies, how-to guides, fact sheets, and other policy tools we have available on our website. Contact us to learn more!