In the News

May 6, 2016

BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD 

Governors commonly include a message when signing or vetoing significant legislation. But Gov. Jerry Brown gave no explanation on Wednesday when he approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking and vaping in California from 18 to 21.

He didn’t need to. The need for this change is evident.

May 5, 2016

By Jason Song

The roots of California’s new law that raises the smoking age to 21 are in a small town west of Boston.

In 2005, Needham became the first municipality in the United States to ban tobacco sales to anyone under drinking age.

May 5, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.

The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to military personnel.

May 5, 2016

By East Bay Times editorial

The tobacco industry is having its worst week since 1990, when Congress banned smoking on all domestic airline flights lasting six hours or less. And "worst" for Big Tobacco is good for the rest of us.

May 5, 2016

By Lisa Aliferis

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a sweeping package of tobacco bills into California law on Wednesday, including one that will raise the legal age to buy products from 18 to 21 and another that dramatically tightens restrictions on e-cigarettes.

May 5, 2016

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The tobacco industry is having its worst week since 1990, when Congress banned smoking on all domestic airline flights lasting six hours or less. And “worst” for Big Tobacco is good for the rest of us.

May 5, 2016

The tobacco industry has threatened to fight the new laws at the ballot box in November.

May 5, 2016

By Joshua Berlinger

(CNN): California has passed legislation raising its smoking age from 18 to 21 for most of its citizens.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a series of bills Wednesday, which also place new restrictions on where people can smoke and the sale of electronic cigarettes.

May 5, 2016

By Lisa Aliferis

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a sweeping package of tobacco bills into California law on Wednesday, including one that will raise the legal age to buy products from 18 to 21 and another that dramatically tightens restrictions on e-cigarettes.

May 4, 2016

By the Editorial Board

California has one of the nation’s most smoke-free reputations. But that image has always been more hard-won than it seems.

Tobacco companies lavish hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to politicians each election cycle. Not coincidentally, efforts to curb the lethal consequences of smoking die every year in one or another legislative committee. There’s a price to be paid for crossing the industry and a reward for currying its favor, and even here, legislators know that.

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