The 2014 NATO Show which 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. NATO has secured a special nightly room rate of $129.00 plus tax at the Paris Hotel and [Full Story]
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]
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]
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.
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]
A summary of state tobacco bills introduced since February 7, 2014: Alabama: House Bill 404 proposes to increase the tax on little cigars to $.15 per cigar. Colorado: Senate Bill 18 prohibits furnishing or selling nicotine products to minors, including electronic cigarettes. Connecticut: Senate Bill 24 prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Georgia: Senate [Full Story]