California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking in January. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill into law Friday banning the sale of fruit, menthol and mint-flavored cigarettes and vaping cartridges in retailers across the state effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Why it matters: The ban is part of a wider campaign to curb youth vaping, though the legislation does not apply to the online sale of tobacco products, which cross state lines, and does not apply to flavored premium cigars and loose pipe tobacco, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

What they're saying: “Menthol cigarettes, sweet cigars, candy vapes and other flavored tobacco products serve one purpose: to mask the harshness of tobacco and get users hooked to a dangerous lifelong addiction,” California Sen. Jerry Hill, who introduced the bill, said in a statement, according to the Chronicle.

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Sep 10, 2020 - Health

Vaping drops dramatically among teens

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E-cigarette use among middle and high schoolers dropped significantly since last year, with 1.8 million fewer teens vaping, a federal report released Wednesday shows.

Why it matters: The survey, conducted between mid-January and mid-March, highlights the effects of last year's outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths.

Sep 9, 2020 - Science

In photos: Bay Area enveloped in smoke as wildfires rage across California

A view of the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Photo: Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

San Francisco's skies were thick with smoke from ongoing wildfires on Wednesday, largely blocking the sun from view amid hazardous air quality across the Bay Area.

The big picture: Roughly 14,000 firefighters are battling 28 major wildfires across California. There have been eight fatalities from wildfires this year and over 2.5 million acres have burned across the state, per Cal Fire.

TikTok's content-moderation time bomb

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When the dust finally clears from the fight over TikTok, whoever winds up running the burgeoning short-video-sharing service is likely to face a world of trouble trying to manage speech on it.

Why it matters: Facebook’s story already shows us how much can go wrong when online platforms beloved by passionate young users turn into public squares.

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