State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
California: Assembly Bill 598 requires the Attorney General to maintain a list of tobacco product brand styles that lack a characterizing flavor. Senate Bill 395, which creates a new tax on retailers of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids of an unspecified percent of the gross receipts from the sale of the products, was introduced on February 11, 2021. Senate Bill 491 adds violations of restrictions on nitrous oxide to the list of reasons to deny a tobacco retailer license.
Connecticut: House Bill 6450 (Governor’s budget bill on public health) prohibits the sale of flavored ENDS and vapor products (includes menthol).
Florida: House Bill 987 (Pre-filed) increases the legal age to purchase and possess tobacco and vapor products to 21 years of age.
Georgia: House Bill 394 increases the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack, increases the OTP tax to 39% of wholesale (includes cigars, loose and smokeless tobacco) and changes the vapor tax to the OTP rate of 39% of wholesale.
Idaho: Senate Bill 1087 amends existing law to raise the legal age to possess and use tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to 21 years of age.
Illinois: House Bill 2579 prohibits electronic cigarettes from containing more than 25 milligrams per milliliter of nicotine, prohibits a retailer serving persons under 21 years of age from selling a flavored solution or substance intended for use with an electronic cigarette, prohibits manufacturers, distributors, or retailers of electronic cigarettes from selling, offering for sale, or distributing any electronic cigarette with labeling or packaging intended to be attractive to persons under 21 years of age and provides criteria to determine whether packaging or labeling is attractive to such persons, requires all labeling and packaging of electronic cigarettes to include nicotine warning statements, provides that manufacturers, distributors, or retailers of electronic cigarettes shall not sell, advertise, or market an electronic cigarette unless specified conditions have been met, and also provides that a person who sells an electronic cigarette without a proper license under the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995 shall be subject to specified additional civil penalties.
Iowa- House File 530, a companion to SF280, eliminates the exemption of gaming floors from the IA-House prohibitions of the Smokefree Air Act.
Massachusetts: House Docket 1807 (same as Senate Docket 1007) increases the cigarette tax to $4.01 per 20 pack (with floor tax) and increases the tax on cigars and smoking tobacco to 80% of the wholesale price. House Docket 1815 (same as SD554) repeals the state menthol ban on tobacco products (except for electronic nicotine delivery systems). House Docket 2126 relates to the sale of ENDS (defines illicit ENDS, requires manufacturers to deliver an attestation to the state AG certifying the manufacturer has applied for a PMTA or has a marketing order or other authorization from the FDA).
Michigan: House Bill 4251 prohibits the sale of vapor products containing Vitamin E Acetate.
Utah: Senate Bill 189 clarifies that the proximity restriction on retail tobacco specialty businesses does not apply to such a business as it existed before 2019, extends sales, purchase, use and possession restrictions to alternative nicotine products and prohibits retail tobacco specialty businesses from employing persons under 21.