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Big day for tobacco legislation

Local business owner might have to shut doors because of new laws

REDDING, Calif. - Two pieces of legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown Thursday will change the tobacco industry: the smoking age changed from 18 to 21 in California and the federal government will now regulate the e-cigarette industry.

"I'm 18 and I smoke," said Emily McBride in Redding. "  "I mean, it's the law so I'll have to make it work I guess or quit smoking."

The regulation will go into effect in 90 days.

Hawaii became the first state in the nation to raise their smoking age on January 1. Since then, over 100 cities have followed suit like Boston and San Francisco.

"I think it's kind of ridiculous because all these kids can go overseas for our freedom and not come home and then we're going have these little laws," said ex-smoker and vaper Brandon Hamm in Redding.

The federal government will also begin regulating the e-cigarette industry, which has been largely unregulated until now.

The Food and Drug Administration said vaping products must be reviewed and seek federal permission to stay on the market. This applies to all products launched after 2007. Since e-cigarettes are so new, that's nearly all products.

"Every single thing that is in every single vape shop in the United States of America was not here in 2007," said Jeff Hess, owner of Norcal Vape in Redding. "Which means it will not be allowed to stay."

"Every single product we sell will be off the market and we'll have to close our door," said Keri Hess of Norcal Vape.

The federal government also imposed the regulations on cigars, hookahs and pipe tobacco.


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