State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature are listed below alphabetically by state:
Colorado: House Bill 1427, which places a question on the November, 2020 general election ballot for voters to vote on would increase the tax on cigarettes to $1.94 per pack in 2021, to $2.24 per pack in 2024, and to $2.64 per pack in 2027; establish a minimum retail price for a pack of cigarettes at $7.00 per pack (increases to $7.50 on July 1, 2024); and increase the tax on other tobacco products and nicotine products (including vapor products) to 50% of the manufacturer’s list price in 2021, 56% in 2024, and 62% in 2027. This bill was signed by the Governor on July 8, 2020. House Bill 1001, which increases the minimum sales age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21, requires all vapor and tobacco product retailers to obtain a license, regulates the online sales of tobacco products and vapor products, and prohibits new tobacco product or vapor product retailers from being located within 500 feet of a school, was signed by the Governor on July 14, 2020.
Hawaii: House Bill 2457, which, would have banned the sale of flavored tobacco products except menthol, and prohibited advertising electronic smoking devices in a manner designed to appeal to persons under 21, died on adjournment on July 10, 2020. The following bills died by rule on July 8, 2020: Senate Bill 2101, which would have changed the rate of tax on large cigars from 50% of the wholesale price to the lesser of an unspecified percentage of the wholesale price or an unspecified number of cents per cigar; Senate Bill 2227, which would have included vapor products in the definition of tobacco products in order to impose the existing 70% of wholesale price tobacco excise tax on them and increased the cost of the annual retail tobacco permit from $20 to $50; Senate Bill 2228, which would have prohibited the sale of flavored electronic cigarette products and included vapor products in the definition of tobacco products in order to impose the existing 70% of wholesale price tobacco excise tax on them; Senate Bill 2301, which would have imposed a “cigarette litter excise tax” of an unspecified amount per cigarette; Senate Bill 2538, which would have banned the sale of flavored tobacco products and increased fines for the purchase or possession of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices; and Senate Bill 2903, which would have banned the sale of flavored tobacco products.
Mississippi: Senate Bill 2596, which, as amended, raises the minimum legal sales age to 21 and provides for more stringent penalties for sales to underage persons of alternative nicotine products, including e-cigarettes and other non-traditional nicotine products, within 1500 feet of a school or 1000 feet of a church, playground or other specified public areas, and for sales of alternative nicotine products that contain prohibited controlled substances or other substances causing the purchaser to receive medical care, was signed by the Governor on July 8, 2020.