State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Alaska: Senate Bill 45 imposes a tax on electronic smoking devices at the rate of 75% of the wholesale price and increases the minimum purchase age for tobacco and vapor products to 21 years of age.
Arizona: House Bill 2415 applies the existing public smoking prohibitions to electronic smoking devices.
Illinois: House Bill 201 includes the use of electronic cigarettes in the Smoke Free Illinois Act.
Iowa: House Bill redefines tobacco products to include vapor products, thus imposing the OTP excise tax of 50% of the wholesale sales price on vapor products.
Maryland: Senate Bill 378 authorizes Baltimore City to enact and enforce local laws to regulate the sale and distribution of cigarettes, other tobacco products and electronic smoking devices. Senate Bill 410 authorizes a county or municipality to enact and enforce local laws to regulate the sale and distribution of cigarettes, other tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.
Mississippi: House Bill 227 prohibits the sale or distribution of tobacco products to anyone under 21 years of age. House Bill 245 prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places. House Bill 875 requires the Attorney General to develop a vapor product directory on or before September 15, 2021 and requires every manufacturer of a vapor product sold or intended to be sold in the state to execute an attestation to the Attorney General that its products are in compliance by certifying that the products were available on the market as of August 16, 2016. House Bill 903 increases the OTP tax rate to 22.5% of the manufacturer’s list price. These products are currently taxed at 15% of the manufacturer’s list price. House Bill 904 increases the tax on cigarettes by $.50 per pack.
Nebraska: Legislative Bill 459 increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack and also imposes the OTP tax rate of 20% of the wholesale price on vapor products.
New Hampshire: Senate Bill 62 prohibits the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and e-cigarette cartridges (exempts menthol); requires manufacturers to inform the Department of Environmental Services of toxic materials in such e-cigarettes; and requires the Department of Environmental Services to make rules for the disposal of such e-cigarettes. Senate Bill 76 reduces the state excise tax on modified risk tobacco products.
New Mexico: House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 95 allow municipalities and counties to enact ordinances, charter amendments, and regulations pertaining to the sales of tobacco products that are stricter than, but not in conflict with, the provisions of the Tobacco Products Act.
New York: Senate Bill 1563 (same as Assembly Bill 2609) increases the tax on vapor products to 41% of retail and requires sellers of e-liquid to be in compliance with packaging requirements for e-liquid products. Senate Bill 1732 requires electronic cigarette packaging to include a warning that the product may pose an explosion hazard.
North Dakota: House Bill 1403 would increase the cigarette tax by $1.10 per pack. House Bill 1422 would increase the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack, cigar and pipe tobacco taxes by 64%, the snuff tax by $1.36 per ounce, and the chewing tobacco by $0.36 per ounce.
Oklahoma: House Bill 1893 (Pre-filed) relates to restrictions on tobacco regulation by agencies or other political subdivisions.
Vermont: House Bill 105 increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack to $4.08 (includes RYO) with corresponding increases on snuff (to $3.40 per ounce. or fractional part thereof) and smokeless tobacco (greater of $3.40 per ounce or $4.08 in packages containing less than 1.2 ounces).
Washington: Senate Bill 5266 bans the sale of flavored vapor products and menthol-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products, replaces the existing tax on vapor products based on the amount of nicotine per milliliter to a tax of 45% of the retail price and requires the tax to be disclosed on various advertising materials and consumer receipts, adds a 4.4% surcharge on vapor product manufacturers and distributors, prohibits retailers from obtaining vapor products from anyone other than a licensed vapor product manufacturer or a licensed distributor that obtained the product from a licensed manufacturer, limits nicotine salts in vapor products, and allows local jurisdictions to limit the location of vapor product retailers with respect to schools and other youth-oriented activities.
Washington D.C.: Bill 24-0019 prohibits the sale or distribution of all electronic smoking devices within a quarter mile of a middle of high school in the District of Columbia. Bill 24-0020 prohibits the sale of all flavored electronic smoking devices in the District of Columbia.