State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Hawaii: House Bill l907 prohibits sales of tobacco products by the Internet or mail order. House Bill 2083 increases the tax on large cigars from $0.50 to the lesser of $1.00 each or 50% of the wholesale price plus $0.50 each. House Bill 2158 prohibits the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, within 750 feet of public or private schools, public parks and public housing projects. House Bill 2492 and Senate Bill 2304 prohibit shipments of tobacco products to anyone other than a licensee and applies the tobacco products tax to e-liquids. Senate Bill 2209 increases the annual license fee for tobacco retailers from $2.50 to $500.00, the tobacco tax on cigarettes and little cigars from $3.20 per pack to $4.50 per pack and the tax on other tobacco products (not including large cigars) from 70% to 80% of the wholesale price. Senate Bill 2654 prohibits shipments of tobacco products to anyone other than a licensee and applies the tobacco products tax to e-liquids. Senate Bill 2843 increases the tax on large cigars from $0.50 to the lesser of $1.00 each or 50% of the wholesale price plus $0.50 each.
Idaho: House Bill 340 authorizes the state tax commission to revoke the tobacco products retail permit of anyone not actively engaged in sale of tobacco products for one year.
Illinois: House Bill 4297 and Senate Bill 2332 raise the minimum legal sales age and the age to purchase use or possess tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Iowa: Senate Bill 2097 prohibits tobacco products, including vapor products, to be sold to, or purchased, used or possessed by, persons under 21.
Kentucky: Senate Bill 93 provides that a city or county government may regulate the use, display, sale, or distribution of tobacco products or vapor products (repeals state preemption).
Mississippi: House Bill 1478 increases the tax on cigarettes from $0.68 to $1.68 per pack and may increase the tobacco equity tax on non-participating manufacturers. Senate Bill 2701 increases the tax on cigarettes from $0.68 to $2.18 per pack.
Nebraska: Legislative Bill 1117 increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack, increases the tax on OTP from 20% to 45% of the purchase price, and increases the tax on snuff from $.44 to $1.00 per ounce. Legislative Bill 1087 modifies the excise tax on cigars, except that that maximum tax imposed on cigars, cheroots, or stogies would be $.50 per cigar.
New Jersey: Senate Bill 1184 increases wholesale sales and use tax rate on tobacco products, imposes a tax on electronic cigarettes and similar nicotine delivery products, changes tax base, and requires licenses to conduct business in tobacco products. Senate Bill 1186 increases tobacco products wholesale sales and use tax rates to be on par with tax rate imposed on cigarettes. Assembly Bill 2185 prohibits the sale of menthol cigarettes.
Rhode Island: Senate Bill 2117 adds electronic nicotine delivery systems to the definition of tobacco for tax purposes.
Tennessee: Senate Bill 1636 and House Bill 1706 increase the legal purchase age for tobacco and vapor-related products to age 19.
Vermont: House Bill 706 increases the LAOP to 21, prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products and increases taxes on cigarettes and OTP by 10% (includes a floor tax).