Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Tobacco-related bills introduced in state legislatures:

Pennsylvania:  Senate Bill 904 prohibits the sale of nicotine vapor products to minors.

Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Tobacco-related bills introduced in state legislatures:

Rhode Island:  House Bill 6298 clarifies the statute that taxes little cigars the same as cigarettes, redefines little cigars by changing the weight requirement to 4.5 pounds per 1,000 and requires little cigars to be in packs of 20 or more.

Newly Introduced State Tobacco-Related Legislation

Tobacco-related bills introduced in state legislatures since May 27, 2015:

New York:  Senate Bill 5701 establishes the Cigarette Tax Enforcement Fund and increases the wholesale and retail cost of doing business relative to the sale of cigarettes.

Newly Introduced State and Federal Tobacco-Related Legislation

Newly Introduced State and Federal Tobacco-Related Legislation

Tobacco-related bills introduced in states since May 15, 2015:

Kansas:  The May 20, 2015 version of House Bill 2109 includes sections that increases the tax on cigarettes by $.50 per pack and also increases the tax on tobacco products an additional 5%. House Bill 2109 received a “do pass as substituted recommendation” from the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee on May 20th.  The previous versions of HB2109 did not include any sections relating to cigarettes and tobacco products.

Massachusetts:  House Bill 3466 prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under 18 years of age.  House Bill 3469 requires a manufacturer of e-cigarettes to file a report with the Department of Health identifying the concentration of any toxins in the vapor produced by an e-cigarette when used as intended by the manufacturer.  House Bill 3503 repeals the sales tax on tobacco products.

New Jersey:  Senate Bill 2877 prohibits the sale of liquid nicotine except in child-resistant containers.

Pennsylvania:  House Bill 1213 increases the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack, reduces the tax on little cigars to $1.00 per pack of 20, adds a new OTP tax of 40% of the purchase price and imposes a floor tax.  Senate Bill 117 contains the same tax increases as House Bill 1213.

Newly Introduced State and Federal Tobacco-Related Legislation

Newly Introduced State and Federal Tobacco-Related Legislation

Summary of tobacco-related bills introduced in states and Congress since May 8, 2015:

Louisiana:  House Bill 407 increases the tax on smoking tobacco from 33% of the invoice price to 34% of the invoice price.  House Bill 477 provides for the minimum pricing of cigarettes. 

Nebraska: Legislative Resolution 316 allows for an interim study to examine Nebraska withdrawing from the Master Settlement Agreement and increasing its tobacco excise tax to approximate the Master Settlement Agreement Payment. 

Federal: Senate Bill 1129 creates the “Tobacco Tax and Enforcement Reform Act and increases the federal tax on cigarettes and small cigars to $1.95 per pack.  SB1129 also modifies the excise tax on large cigars (currently those weighing more than three pounds per thousand) from 52.75% of the price sold by the manufacturer, but not more than 40.26 cents per piece, to $24.78 per pound (and a proportionate tax at the like rate on all fractional parts of a pound), but not less than 5.033 cents per cigar.  SB1129 provides “tax parity” for pipe tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco by taxing each product at the rate of $48.08 per pound.