SCOTUS Lets California Ban Flavored Tobacco Products
California's governor in 2020 signed a law to ban such products
On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) cleared the way for California to enforce a voter-approved ban in America's most-populous state on flavored tobacco products, rejecting R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's bid to block it on the grounds that the policy conflicted with federal law.
The justices denied the emergency request by R.J. Reynolds, a unit of British American Tobacco and other plaintiffs to put on hold the ban on selling all flavored tobacco products in the state - including for vaping - that was overwhelmingly endorsed through a ballot measure on Nov. 8.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020 signed a law to ban products including menthol cigarettes and cotton candy-flavored vaping products, responding to concerns about a rise in e-cigarette and tobacco use by teens.
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