NATO Members Receive Free Registration and Free Conference Passes
The 2017 Tobacco Plus Expo Trade Show will be held on January 25-26, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a special promotion, the TPE Trade Show is offering NATO members free trade show registration and also complimentary passes to all of the educational conferences at the expo.
The 2017 Tobacco Plus Expo has been expanded over previous years to now include a comprehensive educational conference session each day of the show—offering an excellent learning platform and idea exchange for the industry. NATO Executive Director Thomas Briant will give an in-depth presentation on current local, state and federal legislation and FDA regulations plus a second session on how retailers should respond to proposed local tobacco restrictions.
Additionally, NATO will have a headquarters booth on the TPE trade show floor, giving show attendees an on-site doorway to take their...Read more...
Kentucky: House Bill 125, which allows minors to sell tobacco products on behalf of an employer, was introduced.
Mississippi: House Bill 87 and House Bill 190, both of which increase the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco to 21, were introduced on January 3, 2017.
Missouri: House Bill 286, which creates a child protection registry that would prohibit advertising of certain products including tobacco and vapor products, through electronic messaging to registered...Read more...
The following is a summary of recent action that has taken place on tobacco-related bills pending in state legislatures:
New Hampshire: House Bill 112, which requires child-resistant packaging for electronic cigarette cartridges, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee on January 11, 2017. House Bill 242, which amends the definition of e-cigarette to mean any electronic smoking device that may or may not include nicotine and defines e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, will be heard in the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee on January 11, 2017.
New Jersey: Senate Bill 2765 has been introduced and would place a $.50 excise tax cap on each cigar.
The annual NATO Board of Director elections are now officially concluded. The NATO member retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers elected to a new two-year term on the NATO Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2017 include the following:
Retail Directors Elected
- Mary Szarmach, The Cigarette Store Corp.
- Phil Metzinger, Brookshire Bros./Tobacco Barns
- Bob Roberts, Smok’em, Inc.
- Steve Rush, Holiday Companies
- Kevin Taylor, Circle K
Wholesale Directors Elected
- Mike Gold, Arango Cigar Co.
- Pete Lippe, Core-Mark International
Manufacturer Directors Elected
- Larry Sherman, Nat Sherman Company
- Ron Milstein, ITG Brands
A special thank you to the following NATO members that were also candidates for a board of directors position:
- Phil Wilhelm, 7-Eleven
- Andrea Jackson, Tobacco Beverage Co. d/b/a Big Smoke and Tobacco Connection
- Ron Jung, Smokes
- Rich Mione, GPM Investments
- Ben Reinhart, Kocolene Marketing
- Bill Noah, Scandinavian Tobacco Group
- Russ Mancuso, U.S. Tobacco Cooperative
- Anthony Hemsley, Logic Technology Development LLC