In a last minute stay of execution, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed California Senate Bill 400, which among other things, would have made the sale of ALL electronic cigarettes in California illegal to anyone.
In a message regarding the veto to members of the California State Senate he sent the following:
To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 400 without my signature.
While I support restricting access of electronic cigarettes to children under the age of 18, I cannot sign a measure that also declares them a federally regulated drug when the matter is currently being decided through pending litigation.
Items defined as “tobacco products” are legal for anyone over the age of 18. If adults want to purchase and consume these products with an understanding of the associated health risks, they should be able to do so unless and until federal law changes the legal status of these tobacco products.
For this reason, I am unable to sign this bill.
Isn’t that great? This “all too rare” rare display of common sense in the ecig business is being applauded by thousands of people employed in the industry, and by millions of electric cigarette smokers throughout the world, who all know that once California takes a step, other states seem to follow, so let’s hope this puts us on the right path again.
Our industry has seen a small victory here… either that or the amount of the bribe that was probably offered by big industry wasn’t high enough. Either way, were thrilled with this decision.
My favorite part of the statement was this. “If adults want to purchase and consume these products with an understanding of the associated health risks, they should be able to do so” although it was immediately followed by the words, “unless and until federal law changes”.