State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below:
Michigan: Senate Bill 647 repeals state preemption to allow local units of government to regulate the sale or licensure of tobacco products.
Senate Bill 648 increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack ($2.00 to $3.50 per pack), increases the tax on OTP an additional 25% (from 32% to 57% of the wholesale price), imposes a next tax on e-cigarettes at the rate of 57% of the wholesale price. The definition of “tobacco product” would be amended to include “any product containing, made of, or derived from tobacco or nicotine from any source that is intended for human consumption or is likely to be consumed, whether inhaled, absorbed, or ingested by any other means”.
Senate Bill 649 prohibits the sale of any nicotine or tobacco product that contains a characterizing flavor. The definition of “characterizing flavor” also includes products that impart a cooling or numbing sensation. Contains an exemption for hookah or hookah tobacco that is to be sold, for on-site consumption, by a tobacco specialty retail store.
Michigan has only a few remaining days in its 2023 legislative session and are unlikely to be acted before the end of the year. These bills would carryover to the 2024 session.
New York: Assembly Bill 8243 requires random, quarterly inspection of retail premises that are authorized to sell tobacco and vapor products to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; increases penalties for violations.