State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Alabama: House Bill 273 raises the minimum age for legal possession, transportation, and purchase of tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems, and alternative nicotine products from 19 to 21; prohibits the advertisement or promotion of tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or alternative nicotine products in certain circumstances; and requires the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue to maintain a directory listing manufacturers of e-liquids and alternative nicotine products.
Arizona: Senate Bill 1516 prohibits tobacco and vapor product advertising on billboards within 1,000 feet of schools and public playgrounds and allows local jurisdictions to establish more stringent restrictions.
Connecticut: House Bill 6189 taxes vapor products as an other tobacco product at 50% of wholesale.
Hawaii: Senate Bill 1398 prohibits retailers selling age-restricted products from requiring customers who have clearly reached the minimum age to disclose their date of birth.
Illinois: House Bill 570 prohibits the excise tax on cigars from exceeding 50 cents per cigar.
Kentucky: House Bill 356 increases excise taxes: cigarettes by $.50 per pack, moist snuff to $.51 per unit (1.5 ounces), chewing tobacco to $.51 per single unit, $1.07 for a half-pound unit, $1.73 for a one-pound unit, and tobacco products (including vapor products) to 40% of the distributor sales price; removes the discount for modified risk tobacco products; includes a floor tax.
Massachusetts: Senate Docket 432 (same as House Docket 740) prohibits the sale of tobacco products except in an adult-only retail tobacco store or smoking bar (age restricted). Senate Docket 488 (same as House Docket 989) requires retailers that sell tobacco products to stock and offer for sale at least one nicotine replacement therapy, drug, device or combination product that has been approved by the FDA for tobacco cessation use.
Michigan: House Bill 4114 reduces the state cigarette tax to $1.00 per pack (from the current rate of $2.00 per pack)
Mississippi: House Bill 874 increases the legal age to purchase tobacco products and vapor products to 21 years of age and also requires that proof of age be demanded by examining government-issued photographic identification from a prospective purchaser or recipient.
Montana: Senate Bill 156 requires sellers of tobacco, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products to keep the driver's license data they scan secure and be deleted after a period of time.
New Mexico: Senate Bill 197 increases the tax on cigarettes by $2.00 per pack, increases the OTP tax to 83% of the product value, increase the tax on e-liquid to 83% of the product value, and increases the tax on closed system cartridges to $3.32 per cartridge.
New York: Senate Bill 3544 (same as A683) increases the cigarette tax to $6.24 per pack. Senate Bill 3872 requires that a business shown to have sold a tobacco product to a minor to close its store pending the completion of an investigation; provides for the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to revoke the dealer’s registration for a period not less than five years if the business is found to have sold a tobacco product to a minor. Senate Bill 3904 requires electronic cigarettes and e-liquid products be sold in separate specific locations where only persons age 21 or older are allowed entry. Senate Bill 4171 prohibits the use of coupons or use of a price reduction instrument to lower the price of certain tobacco products. Assembly Bill 4308 (same as S1278) prohibits the sale of cigarettes with single-use filters and single-use electronic cigarettes.
Oklahoma: House Bill 2876 imposes a tax on e-liquid at the rate of $.05 per milliliter. Senate Bill 986 authorizes governmental subdivisions to adopt regulations to control or prohibit smoking or vaping in public places. House Bill 1893 repeals the section of the Oklahoma code that preempts tobacco and vapor product regulation by agencies or other political subdivisions. House Bill 1054 imposes a tax on electronic smoking devices at the rate of 44% of the wholesale price. House Bill 2876 imposes a tax on e-liquid at the rate of $.05 per milliliter. House Bill 2292 creates the Oklahoma Tax Commission, which is authorized to enforce the tobacco tax laws. House Bill 2292 also states that retailers may only purchase tobacco products from Oklahoma licensed tobacco wholesalers.
Texas: House Bill 1523 imposes an excise tax on vapor products at a rate to be determined by the comptroller on December 1 of each year. Requires the comptroller to determine the rate as follows: (1) determining the estimated mean price of 1,000 cigarettes on first sale in this state during the preceding state fiscal year, including the amount of the federal excise tax imposed on cigarettes and excluding the amount of the state excise tax imposed on cigarettes, using available data and generally accepted statistical methods in making that determination as necessary; (2) dividing the state excise tax rate on cigarettes by the estimated mean price of 1,000 cigarettes on first sale in the state; (3) converting the amount computed above into a percentage and rounding the percentage down to the nearest quarter percentage point. HB1523 also requires vapor product retailers to obtain a license.