NATO members who plan to attend the 2016 NATO Show can register now online at www.NATOShow.com/GetABadge. Registration and attendance at the 2016 NATO Show are complimentary for NATO members. The NATO Show will be held on April 19-21, 2016 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 2016 NATO Show promises to be the association’s most informative industry event with FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller returning to update attendees on the agency’s tobacco regulations and other select seminars are planned on domestic cigars, premium cigars, industry marketplace trends, e-cigarette sales, an industry financial review, and a legislative/regulatory status report.
An exciting addition to the 2016 NATO Show is a Premium Cigar Pavilion where premium cigar manufacturers and cigar accessory distributors will be exhibiting in this new “show within a show” concept. Those retailers that sell premium cigars will have access to special show deals on premium cigars and cigar accessories just in time for the summer cigar-selling season.
With NATO celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016, the NATO Annual Awards Dinner will be the place to be on the evening of April 20, 2016. Besides a first class dinner, renowned singer Michael Cavanaugh will entertain NATO members with his rock and roll rendition of songs by Billy Joel, Elton John and other rock and roll legends. Billboard Magazine raves that Michael Cavanaugh is “The new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook” and the New York Times calls him “The amazing Michael Cavanaugh.” Plan to attend the NATO Show and be treated to a very special dinner and evening of entertainment with your NATO colleagues. Attendance at the NATO Annual Awards Dinner will be by invitation only.
A special word of thanks to Altria Group Distribution Company, Altria Client Services, LLC and Core-Mark International for sponsoring Michael Cavanaugh and ensuring that the 2016 NATO Annual Awards Dinner will be a very special evening of celebration and remembrance.
Reserve your place at the 2016 NATO Show by registering now. For more complete information, visit www.NATOShow.com or call the NATO Show management team at ConvExx at 877-764-3976.
California (Berkeley, Healdsburg, San Francisco, Santa Clara County, Palo Alto and Los Angeles): The cities of Berkeley and San Francisco are considering a possible proposal to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. In response to a letter from NATO advising the Berkeley City Council that California state law pre-empts (i.e., prohibits) a local government from raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products above the state legal minimum age of 18, the Berkeley City Council has assigned the issue of raising the legal age to 21 to a city commission for further review.
The City of Healdsburg and Santa Clara County previously adopted regulations increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. NATO sent letters to the Healdsburg City Council and the Santa Clara Country Board of Supervisors requesting that age the 21 regulations be repealed. In response, the City of Healdsburg has announced that the age 21 regulation will not be enforced while the city requests an official opinion from the California Attorney General’s office. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has indicated to NATO that a written response to the association’s letter requesting rescission of the regulation will be issued the first week of December.
The City of Palo Alto is also considering a possible age 21 ordinance. NATO has sent a letter to the Palo Alto City Council advising council members that the city is pre-empted from adopting an age 21 ordinance.
The Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst has informed the Los Angeles City Council that a council member’s request to draft an ordinance increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 could not be complied with because California state law pre-empts such a local law from being adopted by a city or county government. This notification was provided to the Los Angeles City Council because the Los Angeles City Attorney determined that the City is not allowed to increase the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products under state law.
Illinois (Chicago and Cook County): The Chicago City Council has passed a tax on liquid nicotine products sold at retail a rate of “$.80 per product unit plus an additional $.55 per fluid
milliliter of consumable liquid, gel or other solution contained in the product.” These new taxes are imposed on the retail sale of these liquid nicotine products and paid by the consumer making the purchase. The new taxes take effect on January 1, 2016. A copy of the Chicago ordinance as enacted accompanies this bulletin.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners adopted as a part of the county’s 2016 budget a new tax on e-cigarettes, specifically a 20-cent tax per milliliter of liquid nicotine solution.
Massachusetts (Boston): The Boston Public Health Commission has introduced a proposed regulation that would raise the legal age to 21 and prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products in retail stores, excluding those products with tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen flavors. The regulation would allow for the sale of all flavored tobacco products in smoking bars and in retail tobacco stores (stores which primarily sell tobacco products and accessories, where the sale of other products is merely incidental, and which would under the proposal only allow persons 21 years old or older to enter the store). A public hearing on the Public Health Commission proposal is scheduled for Thursday, December 3, 2015.
Minnesota (St. Paul): The St. Paul, Minnesota City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, excluding those products with tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen flavors. The regulation would allow for the sale of all flavored tobacco products in retail tobacco stores (stores which obtain 90% or more of revenue from the sale of tobacco and tobacco-related products). An initial public hearing on the St. Paul proposal was held on November 19, 2015 and the hearing was extended to the St. Paul City Council meeting on January 6, 2016.
Missouri (Kansas City and Wyandotte County): Yesterday, November 19th, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council voted to adopt an ordinance that (1) bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 and (2) allows any person 18 years old or older to possess and use tobacco products. This difference in the legal age for selling a tobacco product versus possessing and using a tobacco product is the actual law as adopted by the Kansas City, Missouri City Council. This increase in the legal age to 21 will take effect in Kansas City in ten days, which is November 30, 2015.
The Kansas City, Missouri ordinance also requires that retailers post a sign on every display of tobacco products that reads it is a violation of law to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. According to the Kansas City Clerk, retailers will need to print their own signs as the city will not provide signs to retailers. The specific requirements for these signs can be found on Pages 2 and 3 of the accompanying Kansas City ordinance.
The Wyandotte County Board of Commissioners also voted yesterday to adopt an ordinance that makes it illegal to sell cigarettes, electronic cigarettes or tobacco products to anyone person under the age of 21, but the ordinance specifically states that only persons under the age of 18 years old are not allowed to buy cigarettes, electronic cigarettes. Also, under Article VI, Subdivision (f) of t he ordinance, retailers in Wyandotte County must also post one sign in a conspicuous place in the store which states “BY LAW, CIGARETTES AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS MAY BE SOLD ONLY TO PERSONS 21 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER.” Retailers will need to produce their own sign for posting in their store. A copy of the Wyandotte County ordinance accompanies this bulletin. The ordinance becomes effective upon publication in the Wyandotte Echo newspaper.
Ohio (Cleveland): The Cleveland City Council held a public hearing on November 16th to consider an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, except tobacco, menthol, mint and wintergreen green flavors. The ordinance would allow the sale of flavored tobacco products to continue in retail tobacco stores that are defined as stores which derive “more than eighty percent of gross revenue from the sale of cigars, cigarettes, pipes, or other smoking devices for burning tobacco and related smoking accessories and in which the sale of other products is merely incidental.” The Cleveland City Council may take a vote on the ordinance during the first week of December.