NATO Show Registration and Hotel Reservations

NATO Show Registration and Hotel Reservations

The 2014 NATO Show will be held April 8-10 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Time for retailers and wholesalers to register on-line to attend the show and to make hotel reservations at the Paris Hotel. If you are planning to attend the NATO Show, you should register and make hotel reservations as soon [Full Story]

Judge Stays Enforcement of NYC Coupon, Promotional Price,  and Minimum Pack Price Restrictions

Judge Stays Enforcement of NYC Coupon, Promotional Price, and Minimum Pack Price Restrictions

As a result of a federal district court hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014, a federal judge ordered New York City not to enforce Section 6 of the recently enacted New York City tobacco ordinance until the later of May 23, 2014, or the adoption of final regulations implementing the ordinance provisions.  Section 6 of [Full Story]

Obama 2015 Budget Repeats Proposal for Federal Cigarette  and OTP Tax Rate Increases

Obama 2015 Budget Repeats Proposal for Federal Cigarette and OTP Tax Rate Increases

President Obama has released his proposed Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget that includes a $.94 per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax rate and a proportionate 93% increase in all other tobacco tax rates. Each of these tax rates would be annually adjusted upward by an inflation index. The additional cigarette and OTP tax [Full Story]

FDA Requires Removal of “Sutra Bidi” Tobacco Products from the Market

FDA Requires Removal of “Sutra Bidi” Tobacco Products from the Market

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an order to Jash International to stop selling and distributing the company’s line of Sutra Bidi tobacco products in the United States. Retailers have until March 24, 2014 to remove these tobacco products from their store shelves. Any such tobacco products in inventory on store shelves after March [Full Story]

Los Angeles City Council Adopts E-Cigarette Use Restrictions

Los Angeles City Council Adopts E-Cigarette Use Restrictions

The Los Angeles City Council approved on a 14-0 vote an ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in most public places and workplaces. The ordinance allows e-cigarette use in vaping lounges.

State Tobacco Legislative Update

State Tobacco Legislative Update

The following bills have been introduced in state legislatures since February 19: Connecticut:  House Bill 5286 requires the labeling of electronic cigarettes. Florida:  House Bill 169 would prohibit the sale of, or possession of alternative nicotine products, “electronic cigarettes” by a minor. Georgia:  House Bill 251 defines alternative nicotine products, prohibits sale to a minor. [Full Story]