State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Connecticut: Senate Bill 535 increases the sales and use taxes on vaping products. Senate Bill 618 raises the minimum age to purchase electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age. House Bills 6373, 6764 raises the minimum age to purchase and use tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products to 21 years of age. House Bill 6404 prohibits the sale of flavored electronic cigarette liquid for use in electronic nicotine delivery systems and tobacco products. House Bill 6460 increases the minimum mark-up percentage for a cigarette dealer from 8% to 18%. House Bill 6464 imposes a tax on liquid vaping products at the same percentage rate as other tobacco products. House Bill 6466 requires clear labeling of the nicotine content of electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products. Senate Bill 617 raises the minimum age to purchase electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products to 21 years of age, increases the penalty to any seller, seller's agent or employee who sells to any person under the age of 21 an electronic nicotine delivery system or vapor product to $600 for the first offense, $1,050 for the second offense, and $1,500 for each subsequent offense, and requires any individual who uses electronic nicotine delivery systems or vapor products to disclose such use to their health insurance provider. House Bill 6948 increases the annual licensing fee for vapor products dealer registration from $400 to $1,000.
Hawaii: House Bill 1284 and Senate Bill 1245 repeal state preemption of local laws concerning the regulation of tobacco products and allow counties to adopt laws at least as stringent as state law. Senate Bill 1405 taxes e-liquids at 70% of the wholesale price and increases the annual retailer license fee from $20 to $50.
Maine: Senate Bill 173 prohibits a person from selling, furnishing or giving away a liquid nicotine container.
Minnesota: House File 331 and Senate File 463 increase the legal purchase age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age.
Mississippi: House Bill 1486 and Senate Bill 2537 tax alternative nicotine devices at $.05 per milliliter. House Bill 1499 increases the tax on all tobacco products except cigarettes at a rate of 22.5% (currently 15%) of the manufacturer’s list price. House Bill 1500 increases the tax on cigarettes by $.59 per pack. Senate Bills 2536 and 2665 increase the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack.
Montana: House Bill 312 prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products and vapor products in retail stores, unless those establishments prohibit anyone under 18 years of age from entering and derive at least 90% of total revenue from the sale of tobacco and vapor products. The bill also prohibits the sale of tobacco products and vapor products through self-service displays.
New Hampshire: Senate Bill 248 increases the age for sales and possession of tobacco products to 21 years of age.
New York: Assembly Bill 2952 prohibits the advertisement of tobacco products at mass transit facilities. Senate Bill 2833 increases the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old. Assembly Bill 3503 provides for the taxation of electronic cigarette cartridges as tobacco products (75%).
Rhode Island: Senate Bill 127 imposes a 1% state tax on hookah tobacco, vaping devices and accessories plus a 1% local tax local tax on hookah tobacco and vaping devices.
Tennessee: Senate Bill 280 increases the purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age.
Texas: House Bill 1144 imposes a tax on vapor products at the rate of 5 cents per milliliter.
Vermont: House Bill 47 taxes electronic cigarettes at the OTP rate of 92% of wholesale—includes liquids whether nicotine based or not and delivery devices sold separately. House Bill 130 authorizes cities to increase the smoking age to 21 years of age.
Wyoming: House Bill 296 increases the tax on cigarettes by $.50 per pack.