California’s Proposition 31 – to allow a state law banning flavored tobacco products to go into effect – passed overwhelmingly last week, spurring the issue of when these products can no longer be sold.
The answer is in December of this year. Under California law, passed ballot measures take effect five days after the secretary of state’s office certifies the election results. The deadline to certify is December 16, which means that at the latest, the ban will take effect on December 21. In the previous two statewide elections in November (2020 and 2018), the Secretary of State’s office certified the election on Deadline Day.