Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Below is a summary of tobacco-related bills introduced in state legislatures and governor budget proposals since March 21, 2015:

Alaska:  House Bill 155 repeals the discount on cigarette tax stamps provided to wholesalers as compensation for affixing the stamps to packages.

Maine:  House Bill 769 prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in areas where smoking is banned.

Michigan:  House Bill 231 prohibits the sale or transfer to minors of any e-cigarette device that provides nicotine.

Nevada:  Senate Bill 455 increases the cigarette tax by $0.40 per pack.

Rhode Island:  House Bill 5900 (budget bill) increases the cigarette tax by $.25 per pack and provides for a floor tax as of August 1, 2015.  Senate Bill 714 prohibits the sale of liquids used in electronic delivery systems unless packaged in child-resistant packaging.  Senate Bill 720 requires a license to sell electronic nicotine-delivery systems.

Washington:  House Bill 2211 imposes an excise tax on vapor products at the rate of 60% of the taxable sales price.

Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Below is a summary of tobacco-related bills introduced in state legislatures and governor budget proposals since March 13, 2015:

Delaware:  House Bill 5 prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in all public places where smoking is prohibited under current law.

Louisiana:  House Bill 118 was introduced to increase the cigarette tax by $1.18 per pack.

Maine:  House Bill 670 includes an electronic cigarette in the definition of “cigarette” for the purpose of assessing the cigarette tax.

Massachusetts:  House Bill 1951 prohibits local boards of health from banning the sale of consumer products sold legally in the Commonwealth.  House Bill 2021 increases the purchase age to 21 for tobacco products.  House Bill 2434 imposes an excise tax on alternative nicotine products and vapor products.

Nevada:  Senate Bill 275 increases the cigarette tax by $0.60 per pack.

North Carolina: Senate Bill 286 prohibits the sale of e-liquid containers without child resistant packaging and safety warning labels.

Utah:  House Joint Resolution 26, which provides for a potential interim study committee “to study taxes on e-cigarettes” (among 210 such committees) was introduced and passed both the House and Senate on March 12, 2015.

Washington: House Bill 2194 increases the cigarette excise tax by 50 cents per pack, increases the tax on cigars except little cigars by 10% of the taxable sales price, increases the tax on moist snuff by 10%, and increases the tax on little cigars by 10%.


Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Below is a summary of tobacco-related bills introduced in state legislatures and governor budget proposals since March 6, 2015:

Alabama:  House Bill 224 defines vapor products and taxes them at a rate of 25 cents per milliliter of nicotine solution.  

Arkansas:  Senate Bill 978 regulates e-cigarettes, vapor products and alternative nicotine products.

Minnesota:  House Bill 1544 places a $.50 excise tax cap on premium cigars.

Missouri:  House Bill 1162 increases the state excise tax on cigarettes from 17 cents to 62 cents per pack.

New York:  Assembly Bill 5955 (same as Senate Bill 2202) includes the use of e-cigarettes in the state smoking ban. 

Rhode Island:  Governor Raimondo released her budget this week, which includes a $.25 per pack cigarette tax increase. 

Texas:  Senate Bill 157 permits counties and municipalities to not enforce the state smoking ban at businesses that allow for smoking and derive 20% of its revenue from the sale of cigars or other tobacco products.  Senate Bill 1618 prohibits the sale of nicotine products to minors.  House Bill 3612 declares, “any liquid substance used to fill or refill a device that simulates smoking” to be a hazardous substance.  This definition includes liquid used in electronic cigarettes.