STATEMENT: California Senate Leader on Signing of New Anti-Tobacco Laws

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

“I want to express my congratulations and thanks to Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) for their tremendous success in protecting the health of future generations in California now that Governor Brown has signed their legislation into law.

“Senator Hernandez has worked tirelessly as author of SBX2-7 to increase the legal smoking age to age 21 from the current age of 18. As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, he knows only too well the cost of allowing smoking at a young age, and now with SBX2-7 signed into law by the Governor, he can be proud of the lives he will save by making it more difficult for young adults to become addicted to tobacco products.

“Senator Leno has overcome many obstacles and been tenacious in his efforts to ensure that California anti-smoking laws keep up with the new devices, such as e-cigarettes and vapes that tobacco companies use to bring young smokers to the market. This has been a longstanding goal of his and I am very proud he has been successful in making SBX2-5 law to finally regulate this market and protect the health of our children.”