California is set to ban menthol cigarettes on Jan. 1. The industry is out to stop it

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The tobacco industry-funded group behind an effort to undo a pending state ban on the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, has submitted more than 1 million petition signatures. The California Coalition for Fairness — which is funded by R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris USA and ITG Brands — must submit at least 623,212 verified signatures in order to qualify a referendum on Senate Bill 793 for the 2022 ballot. The group expressed confidence that it will meet that number as counties verify signatures this month. “In the midst of an…

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