State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Alaska: Senate Bill 89 imposes a tax on electronic smoking products and vapor products at the rate of 25% of the sales price and caps the amount of nicotine in vapor products at 20 milligrams of nicotine for milliliter of vapor product.
Florida: House Bill 519 and Senate Bill 530 remove state preemption on the regulation of tobacco products and nicotine products.
Minnesota: Senate File 2697 (companion to HF 2682) permits a person who has held a tobacco product distributor license for at least five consecutive years to sell premium cigars from a movable place of business and provide on-site demonstrations of premium cigar manufacturing and "cultural education."
Nevada: Assembly Bill 232, which caps the excise tax on premium cigars at $0.50, was introduced and referred to Assembly Revenue Committee on March 2, 2023.
Ohio: House Bill 33 (appropriations bill) contains language to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, vapor products and alternative nicotine products (including menthol, mint and wintergreen).
Rhode Island: House Bill 6091 (companion to SB349) allows cities and towns to create ordinances to regulate the use and sales of cigarettes, other tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems.