The ban on flavoured tobacco in the state of California has been blocked after a referendum organised by the tobacco industry qualified for ballot, reports Forbes.
The ban, which was signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom last year, bans retailers from selling all flavoured tobacco and was meant to come into effect on 1 January. However, an organisation funded by industry giants Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company has managed to put a referendum on the ballot meaning the ban will be on hold until November 2022.
According to Forbes, the California Coalition For Fairness gathered enough signatures to put the referendum on the ballot, which means it, will ultimately be the voters who decide if the state will ban flavoured tobacco at the November 2022 election.