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California bills to raise smoking age and regulate e-cigarettes stall

California bills to raise smoking age and regulate e-cigarettes stall

Anti-tobacco activists began the year confident that California would follow the lead of other states and tighten its laws on smoking and electronic cigarettes. California had once been ahead of the pack in curbing tobacco use and had fallen woefully behind, they said. But those hopes turned to ashes Wednesday. A bill that would have restricted electronic cigarettes in the same way as combustible ones was gutted and then shelved. And a measure to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 was sidelined because it lacked enough votes to pass a key committee. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) dropped his bid to regulate electronic cigarettes after the Assembly Governmental Organization...

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