NATO and Social Media

In January of this year, NATO set up a new Facebook page to keep members updated through social media on tobacco legislative issues, FDA regulatory matters, and the 2015 NATO Show.  To visit NATO’s Facebook page, go to, sign in, and then search “NATO Retail Tobacco Association.”  While viewing the NATO Facebook page, you are encouraged to “Like” the page.  Ask your employees and even your customers to “Like” the NATO Facebook page to stay up to date on tobacco issues.

NATO has also set up a Twitter account for members to follow.  The Twitter handle for NATO is @NATOTradeAssoc.  Sign up to follow the NATO Twitter feeds.

Last Call to Attend the 2015 NATO Show

With the 2015 The NATO Show to be held next week at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, there is still time to plan to attend this annual premier tobacco trade show event.  The NATO Show was created by NATO members for NATO members and the upcoming 2015 NATO Show has been planned to provide first rate educational seminars on the most important tobacco topics that concern retailers and offer hundreds of exhibitor booths with the latest tobacco products on the market.  If you regularly attend the NATO Show or if you have not been to the NATO Show in the past several years, plan to attend the upcoming 2015 NATO Show being held on April 22-23, 2015.  A copy of the NATO Show “Register Now” brochure accompanies this bulletin.

Reasons to Attend the NATO Show

The top five reasons for you to attend the 2015 NATO Show whether you are a retailer, wholesaler, or manufacturer are as follows:

Reason #1:  The NATO Show includes critically important educational seminar topics with expert speakers and presenters.

Reason #2:  The NATO Show seminar line up includes Mitch Zeller, the FDA’s Director of the Center for Tobacco Products, who will speak on the agency’s tobacco regulations.  Hearing first hand from Mitch Zeller about current and pending FDA tobacco regulations is invaluable to retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.

Reason #3:  Other key presenters include Dr. Brad Rodu (an expert on the health benefits of e-cigarettes), a panel of e-cigarette industry experts, key industry leaders on cigars, Don Burke with insights on key industry trends, and NATO’s Executive Director Tom Briant with his in-depth look at local, state and federal tobacco issues.

Reason #4:  The exhibit floor will have hundreds of booths with exhibitors from all tobacco product categories, including the latest innovative products.  Many of the exhibitors will be offering special show deals to save you money on your tobacco product purchases.

Reason #5:  NATO retail and wholesale members attend the educational seminars and have access to the full trade show floor without any registration fees and also receive complimentary tickets to both the Opening Night Reception on Tuesday, April 21st and the members-only NATO Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 22nd.

How to Register to Attend the NATO Show

To register to attend the NATO Show, visit and click on the “Registration” tab to register on-line.  We look forward to seeing you at the NATO Show.

Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Below is a summary of tobacco-related bills introduced in state legislatures and governor budget proposals since April 4, 2015:

Florida: Senate Bill 224 clarifies the definitions of the terms tobacco products to include loose tobacco and wraps made from tobacco, and the definition of wholesale sales price.

Minnesota:  Senate Bill 2025 and House Bill 2182 were introduced and would change the tax on e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid solution from 95% of the wholesale price to $.30 per milliliter of liquid nicotine solution.

Washington D.C.:  Bill 152 increases the purchase age for tobacco products to 21.