State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Arizona: Senate Bill 1363 increases the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21 and caps the penalty on the underage person purchasing tobacco products. Senate Bill 1527 imposes a new excise tax on e-cigarette products of 43% of the wholesale cost. Senate Concurrent Resolution 1026 would submit to the voters the question of whether to raise the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack, the tax on OTP and cigars by 43% of the wholesale price, and the tax on e-cigarettes by 73% of the wholesale cost.
Maryland: Senate Bill 378 raises the minimum sales age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 826 exempts certain premium cigars from the state tobacco tax.
Nevada: Senate Bill 62 revises provisions regarding tobacco manufacturers. Senate Bill 81 makes wholesale and retail licensing requirements for cigarettes and other tobacco products uniform.
New York: Assembly Bill 2952 prohibits the advertisement of tobacco products at mass transit facilities. Assembly Bill 3991 prohibits the advertisement of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of school grounds. Assembly Bill 4365 prohibits the use of coupons or use of a price reduction instrument to lower the price of certain tobacco products. Assembly Bill 4719 makes it unlawful for a person under age 18 to possess tobacco products. Senate Bill 3406 prohibits the advertisement of electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine and hookah tobacco within 500 feet of a school or park.
Oklahoma: House Bill 1432 increases the legal age to purchase and possess tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age.
South Carolina: House Bill 3932 proposes an amendment to the State Constitution that increases the purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age.
Tennessee: House Bills 764, 1454, and 1459 and Senate Bills 849 and 1200 increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age. House Bill 1419 and Senate Bill 738 raise the minimum purchase age to 21 and increase the cigarette tax by $.0125 per cigarette ($.25 per pack of twenty). House Bill 1213 and Senate Bill 946 increase the cigarette tax to $.0835 per cigarette and the OTP tax to 17% of wholesale.
Utah: House Bill 274 defines businesses that sell any flavored tobacco product (other than tobacco or menthol) as a retail tobacco specialty business and applies the existing restrictions on proximity to certain locations and to one another.