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Effective date delayed for California's flavored tobacco ban

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Posted at 4:51 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 07:51:58-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California state officials have agreed to delay the effective date of what state lawmakers intended as a Jan. 1 ban on flavored tobacco products.

They'll wait until county clerks can determine if opponents led by tobacco companies filed enough signatures to put the new law to a statewide vote.

Inyo County's top elections official says her office found many signatures do not match county records.

The main group opposing the law says it turned in more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

If enough signatures are valid, the measure will likely go before voters in November 2022.