State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Florida: Senate Bill 1046 prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products at retail unless the retailer prohibits persons under 18 years of age from being in the premises.
Hawaii: House Bill 1574, which subjects e-liquids to the 70% of wholesale price excise tax, makes it a criminal offense to deliver untaxed e-liquids to consumers, and increases the annual retailer license fee from $2.50 to $250.00, was introduced, then passed the House Health Committee on February 7, 2019 and then passed House Consumer Protection and Commerce and Judiciary Committees on February 12, 2019.
Iowa: House Bill 329 increases the tax rate on all tobacco products other than cigarettes from 22% to 50% of the wholesale sales price and would include vapor products at the new tax rate. House Bill 364 increases the tax rate on cigarettes to fourteen and three tenths cents per cigarette and increases the tax on all other tobacco products to 67% of the wholesale sales price.
Maryland: House Bill 1169 raises the minimum sales age for tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 708 (same as House Bill 1185) sets standards for labeling and child-resistant packaging for electronic nicotine delivery systems and vaping liquids. House Bill 1291 (same as Senate Bill 826) exempts certain premium cigars from the state tobacco tax.
New Mexico: Senate Bill 527 increases the tax on OTP by 11% of the product value (from 25% to 36% of the product value). SB527 also redefines “tobacco product” to include vapor products, to impose the OTP excise tax rate on vapor products.
New York: Assembly Bill 5088 prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products (excludes menthol, mint and wintergreen).
Pennsylvania: House Bill 481 repeals the local option cigarette tax for school districts of the first class (i.e, the City of Philadelphia).
Utah: House Bill 324 increases the minimum legal sales and purchase, use and possession age for tobacco products from 19 to 20 and to 21 on January 1, 2020. House Bill 338 grandfathers retail tobacco specialty businesses existing prior to 2016 from the location restrictions on such businesses.
Washington: House Bill 1932 prohibits the sale of flavored vapor products.
West Virginia: House Bill 2988 increase the purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age. A house bill also increases the tax on vapor products to $.15 per milliliter.