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What are the tobacco laws in California?

The sale of flavored tobacco and menthol products now illegal in California



SB7 793 is a new law that took effect December 21, 2022, and bans the sale of certain flavored products including:

  • menthol cigarettes
  • chewing tobacco
  • snuff
  • little cigars
  • e-cigarettes/vapes

At this time, the following products are not covered under the law and are still allowed to be sold throughout California:

  • flavored hookah/shisha sold in stores that only admit people 21+
  • flavored loose-leaf pipe tobacco
  • flavored premium cigars over $12

Stores may be fined $250 per violation of the law.

Communities can now decide how the law will be implemented locally.

To learn how you can share your voice, please call the Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) at (714) 541-1444 or click one of the links below.


Who we are:

  • A group of dedicated La Habra residents who want to promote healthy, tobacco-free living

What we do:

  • Raise awareness in La Habra on the harmful effects of smoking, secondhand smoke, and flavored tobacco, including vapes

Benefits of joining:

  • Expand the effort of dedicated La Habra residents to reduce youth access to tobacco and prevent secondhand smoke exposure
  • Receive support and specialized trainings to reach our goals
  • Improve community health with high quality tobacco use prevention services

Click the link or scan the QR code to sign-up:


Click to download a flyer here. Spanish Version



For additional information on the new law, visit the California  Department of Public Health's resource page, "What Retailers Should Know."

Are you a business impacted by the new law? Take part to help businesses, including yours, make the transition and create a thriving La Habra community.

Become a member of the TUPP Business Advisory Committee

By taking part in the committee, you will be able to:

  • Help small businesses transition away from tobacco sales
  • Foster small business economic development
  • Speak to La Habra city decision makers

TUPP will provide free support, education, and training!

Click the link or scan the QR code to sign-up:


Click to download a flyer here. Spanish Version

Help Your Community
Get Involved in the Orange County Action Team!

By participating, you will be able to:

  • Raise awareness about the harms of tobacco use and secondhand smoke
  • Share your experiences and help to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and youth access to tobacco
  • Promote healthy and tobacco-free cities

TUPP will provide free support, education, and training!

Click the link or scan the QR code to sign-up:


Click to download a flyer here. Spanish Version

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Smoke-free Workplace Laws

In order to protect the health of employees, California Labor Code Section 6404.5 prohibits smoking in the workplace. It is against the law to smoke in an enclosed space at a place of employment. Enclosed space includes lobbies, lounges, waiting areas, elevators, stairwells, and restrooms that are a structural part of the building.

Tobacco Sales Laws

California Penal Code Section 308(a) and The STAKE Act prohibit sales of tobacco and tobacco paraphernalia, including electronic cigarettes, to persons under the age of 21. Active duty military personnel who are at least 18 years old are exempt, but they must show a valid, unexpired ID card issued by the United States Armed Forces.

STAKE Act Sticker 2021

Tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and tobacco paraphernalia must be kept out of reach of customers.  This means no self-serve displays (except in tobacco stores, which still must keep cigarettes unreachable) and no vending machines in stores where minors have access.  Cigarettes must be sold in their original pack; it is illegal to sell single cigarettes.

STAKE Act signs must be posted where the customer can see them, at each cash register. All tobacco retailers are required to have their valid California Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer's License posted where the public can see it. For information on how to obtain a California Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer's License, visit the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration website.  

To read more about California’s tobacco laws, go to Change Lab Solution’s publication here:

Page Last Updated: March 23, 2023