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16th March 2023
US - California: A US federal judge has granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by RJ Reynold and other tobacco companies against California’s statewide ban on the sale of flavoured tobacco and vaping products. Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo said: “SB 793 does not control the retail sales of these products in other states, nor does it control the ability of manufacturers in or outside of California to continue manufacturing flavored tobacco products. In fact, manufacturers are still permitted to manufacture flavored tobacco products in California.” Reynolds and others brought the suit after California’s voters approved the ban in a November referendum. They claimed the law violated both the federal Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and the commerce clause in the US Constitution.
28th February 2023
US - California: The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from RJ Reynolds Vapor and two other companies seeking to overturn Los Angeles County’s ban on flavoured tobacco products. Reynolds sued over the ban shortly after it took effect in 2020, arguing that only the federal government has the legal authority to regulate tobacco products.
24th February 2023
20th December 2022
13th December 2022
US - California: A motion filed by RJ Reynolds and other tobacco companies, seeking an emergency order to stop California from enforcing the flavour ban approved in the November ballot, has been denied by the US Supreme Court. The ban will come into effect next week.
30th November 2022
US - California: RJ Reynolds and other tobacco companies have filed a motion in the US Supreme Court asking for an emergency order to prevent California from enforcing the flavour ban approved in the November ballot, press reports.
28th November 2022
11th November 2022
9th November 2022
US - California: As expected, voters in California yesterday passed Proposition 31 to uphold the 2020 legislation banning the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Senate Bill 793 was delayed due to a referendum call by the tobacco industry, which gave the voters the final say. Many local jurisdictions in the state have already passed some sort of restriction on flavoured tobacco products, the sale of which will now be forbidden state-wide.
8th November 2022
US - California: Proposition 31, which aims to uphold Senate Bill 793, is on the state ballot today. A “yes” vote would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products in California.
21st October 2022
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