Goal of CA online tobacco sales ban: More state tax revenue

By John Hrabe | Cal Watchdog

California may be considered a technology pioneer, but at least one state lawmaker wants to put the brakes on a growing segment of the online retail market.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has introduced a measure to ban online sales of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes. Dickinson says the bill, Assembly Bill 1500, would help state regulators combat teen smoking.

“Although great progress has been made to curb teen smoking, the use of e-cigarettes and the internet availability of tobacco products pose a serious risk,” Dickinson said in a press release. “AB1500 will make it impossible for young people to order e-cigarettes or other tobacco products online thereby safeguarding them from the dangers of smoking.”

at Cal Watchdog.

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