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SB-424 Tobacco products: single-use and multiuse components.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Division 8.55 (commencing with Section 22965) is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

DIVISION 8.55. Prohibition on Cigarettes Utilizing Single-Use Filters and Single-Use Electronic Cigarettes or Vaporizer Devices

22965.
 (a) A person or entity shall not sell, give, or in any way furnish to another person, of any age, in this state, any of the following:
(1) A cigarette utilizing a single-use filter made of any material, including cellulose acetate, any other fibrous plastic material, or any organic or biodegradable material.
(2) An attachable and single-use plastic device meant to facilitate manual manipulation or filtration of a tobacco product.
(3) A single-use electronic cigarette.
(4) A single-use vaporizer device.
(b) The prohibition under subdivision (a) applies to any direct or indirect transaction, whether made in person in this state or by means of any public or private method of shipment or delivery to an address in this state.
(c) The sale, gift, or other furnishing of one to 20 items specified in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, of subdivision (a) constitutes a single violation of this section.
22966.
 (a) (1) A city attorney, county counsel, or district attorney may assess a civil fine of five hundred dollars ($500) for each violation of Section 22965. Only a city attorney, county counsel, or district attorney may assess the civil fine against each person determined to be in violation of Section 22965.
(2) Proceedings under this section shall be conducted pursuant to the procedures of the enforcing agency that are consistent with Section 131071 of the Health and Safety Code and in accordance with Article 6 (commencing with Section 11425.10) of Chapter 4.5 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(b) Fine moneys assessed pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the treasury of the city or county, respectively, of the city attorney, county counsel, or district attorney who assessed the fine.
22967.
 A city attorney, county counsel, or district attorney acting as an enforcing agency, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 22950.5, is encouraged, but not required, to develop guidelines for its agency to conduct tobacco control investigations of violations of subdivision (a) of Section 22965 concurrent with investigations of violations of Section 308 of the Penal Code or Division 8.5 (commencing with Section 22950), conducted in accordance with Section 22952, or concurrent with investigations of violations of any tobacco control provisions created by local ordinance in its jurisdiction.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 20.5 (commencing with Section 42984) is added to Part 3 of Division 30 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

CHAPTER  20.5. Tobacco Products
42984.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Electronic cigarette” means an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device. “Electronic cigarette” includes, but is not limited to, an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or vape pen.
(b) “Mail-back program” has the same meaning specified in subdivision (m) of Section 42030.
(c) “Reusable component” means a multiuse cigarette filter or a multiuse electronic cigarette that is designed to work for at least one year with daily use.
42984.2.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), the manufacturer of a tobacco product shall use materials eligible for recycling under state or local recycling programs, including electronic waste recycling programs, in existence as of January 1, 2020, to make any reusable component of the tobacco product.
(b) If it is not possible to make the reusable component out of a material eligible for recycling as described in subdivision (a), or if the use of tobacco in or through the reusable component renders the component no longer eligible for recycling, the manufacturer of a tobacco product with a reusable component shall collect those reusable components through either of the following:
(1) Take-back collection bins that the manufacturer makes available to the public at every location that sells that manufacturer’s tobacco product.
(2) A mail-back program that uses safe-for-handling containers that the manufacturer makes available to the public at every location that sells that manufacturer’s tobacco product.
(c) If a reusable component would be designated as household hazardous waste, as defined in Section 25218.1 of the Health and Safety Code, at the end-of-life of that component, the manufacturer of the tobacco product with that reusable component shall collect that reusable component and send the component to the appropriate recycler, or shall reimburse household hazardous waste collection facilities, as defined in Section 25218.1 of the Health and Safety Code, for the costs of collecting and recycling the reusable component.
(d) The manufacturer of a tobacco product with a reusable component may fund and join a stewardship organization with other manufacturers to meet the requirement specified in subdivision (b). A stewardship organization shall submit to the department for approval a stewardship plan describing the take-back or mail-back program and a list of the manufacturers that are members of the stewardship organization.
(e) The costs of administering a take-back or mail-back program pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (b) shall not be passed on to the consumer through a visible fee.
(f) A manufacturer of a tobacco product with a reusable component, individually or through membership in a stewardship organization, shall provide an annual report to the department that describes the manufacturer’s compliance with this section.
42984.4.
 (a) The department may adopt regulations to implement this chapter.
(b) The department may collect a fee that does not exceed the reasonable regulatory costs of enforcing and administering this chapter from the manufacturer of a tobacco product with a reusable component.
(c) (1) The department may impose an administrative penalty on a manufacturer that is in violation of this chapter.
(2) The amount of the administrative penalty imposed pursuant to this subdivision shall not exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per day unless the violation is intentional, knowing, or reckless, in which case the administrative penalty shall not exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per day.
(3) The department shall deposit all penalties collected pursuant to this subdivision in the Tobacco Product Stewardship Account, hereby created.