NATO Membership Milestone:  30,000+ Retail Stores Strong

NATO Membership Milestone: 30,000+ Retail Stores Strong

This month, NATO has reached a new membership milestone with the association’s membership now exceeding 30,000 retail stores including tobacco stores, convenience stores, service stations, grocery stores and liquor stores. When NATO was formed in 2001, this kind of membership growth could not have been predicted. A special thank you to every NATO retail, wholesale, [Full Story]

Update: FDA “Deeming” Regulations

Update: FDA “Deeming” Regulations

Last October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a set of proposed “deeming” regulations that likely included proposed regulations on cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes and hookah tobacco. While the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products currently regulates cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco [Full Story]

State Legislative Action Update

State Legislative Action Update

With some state legislatures already adjourning their 2014 legislative sessions and other states nearing adjournment, here’s a summary of the final outcome of tobacco-related bills in various states: Alabama: House Bill 404 was signed by the governor and assesses the following taxes: (1) a tax on little cigars (and filtered cigars as defined in the [Full Story]

2014 NATO Show Recap

2014 NATO Show Recap

The 2014 NATO Show was held last week at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas and hundreds of retailers and wholesalers at the trade show were able to attend educational seminars analyzing the latest trends in e-cigarettes, summarizing tobacco legislation and current and pending FDA regulations, and examining current market segment growth. In addition, Murray [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]