California bans flavored tobacco and other health measures on the ballot: What to know

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Beyond the avalanche of state abortion measures and national worries about inflation and the future of democracy, voters decided critical ballot measures that charted the influence of states over health care.

Voters in five states weighed in on marijuana legalization, and others took on extending government health insurance for low-income families, flavored tobacco bans and medical debt collection limits.

Here’s a rundown of key health measures from Maryland to California:

California cracks down on flavored tobacco products, vapes

Vaping foes counted another victory in California, where voters passed a ballot measure that banned flavored tobacco products. Proposition 31 bans the sale of flavored and menthol tobacco products at retail locations and vending machines.

A campaign funded by the tobacco industry had effectively blocked a flavored tobacco ban passed two years ago by the California legislature. The tobacco…

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