State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Colorado: Senate Bill 126 defines “traditional large and premium cigars” to mean the following: any roll of tobacco that is (a) wrapped in 100% leaf tobacco; (b) is bunched with 100% tobacco filler; (c) does not contain a filter, tip, or nontobacco mouthpiece; (d) weighs at least six pounds per thousand; and (e) has 100% leaf tobacco binder and is hand rolled. Currently cigars are taxed under the tobacco products excise tax. This bill would ensure that all traditional large and premium cigars are subject to the tobacco products excise tax of 40% of the manufacturer’s list price. Senate Bill 139 requires any retailer who sells cigarettes, tobacco products or vapor products to obtain a license and a retailer with more than one location would need to obtain a license for each location.
Hawaii: House Bill 2737 prohibits shipments of tobacco products to anyone other than a licensee and increases the annual tobacco retail permit fee from $20 to $50.
Idaho: Senate Bill 1255 increases the legal age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age. SB1255 also prohibits the possession and use of tobacco and vapor products by anyone under 21 years of age.
Maryland: Senate Bill 456 prohibits the distribution of tobacco products to an individual under the age of 21 years.
New Jersey: Assembly Bill 3039 prohibits the sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices at pharmacies. Assembly Bill 3178 prohibits the sale or distribution of flavored electronic smoking devices and related products. Assembly Bill 3181 and Senate Bill 1647 prohibit the use of coupons, price rebates and price reduction promotions in sales of tobacco and vapor products.
New Mexico: House Bill 232 increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack, increases the tax on OTP by 51% of the product value, and imposes a tax on vapor products at the rate of 76% of the product value.
New York: Senate Bill 7592 requires a retailer to obtain a permit to sell vapor products.
South Dakota: House Bill 1250 increases the legal age to purchase tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age. House Bill 1274 increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack and also increases the tax on OTP from 35% to 55% of the wholesale price.
Utah: House Bill 296 increases the age for sale, purchase, use and possession of tobacco products from 19 to 20 years of age effective July 1, 2019 and from 20 to 21 years of age effective Jan. 1, 2020.