California: Assembly Bill 725 and Senate Bill 386, both of which prohibit smoking, including e-cigarette use, on state coastal beaches, passed the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on June 27, 2017.
Delaware: House Bill 242, which increases the cigarette tax from $1.60 to $2.10 per pack, the OTP tax from 15% to 30%, the moist snuff tax from $.54 to $.92, imposes a new tax on vapor products at $.05 per fluid milliliter, and requires vape retailers to obtain a license, passed the House and Senate on July 2, 2017. The bill, which includes a floor tax, was signed by the Governor on July 3, 2017 with effective dates of September 1, 2017 for cigarettes, OTP, and moist snuff, and January 1, 2018 for vapor products.
Kansas: House Bill 2230, which decreases the excise tax on vapor products from 20 cents per milliliter of e-liquid to 5 cents per milliliter of e-liquid, was enacted on June 26, 2017.
Maine: Senate Bill 391 (LD1170), which raises the minimum sales age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to...Read more...
Delaware: House Bill 242 increases the cigarette tax from $1.60 to $2.10 per pack, the OTP tax from 15% to 30%, the moist snuff tax from $.54 to $.92 and imposes a new tax on vapor products at $.05 per fluid milliliter—requires vapor product wholesalers and retailers to be licensed.
Kansas: House Bill 2431 increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack.
Michigan: House Bill 4736, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons under 21, was introduced on June 8, 2017. House Bill 4737, which requires that hookah tobacco must be stored away from food and may not be...Read more...
California: Assembly Bill 709, which had been a transportation bill, was amended in its entirety on June 13, 2017 and now prohibits retailers of tobacco products to redeem coupons, provide multi-package discounts, or otherwise sell tobacco products for less than the listed price.
Kansas: House Bill 2230, which decreases the excise tax on vapor products from 20 cents per milliliter of e-liquid to 5 cents per milliliter of e-liquid, was signed by the Governor on June 15, 2017.
Maine: House Bill 1066 (LD1548), which increases the tax on cigars, pipe tobacco and other smoking tobacco from 20% to 47% of the wholesale price and ties future tax increases for smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco to future tax increases on cigarettes, was reported on June 12, 2017 from the Joint Committee on Taxation with a divided report.
Nebraska: The following bills were carried over to the second regular legislative session on June 7, 2017: Legislative Bill 438, which increases the...Read more...
Registration Now Open to all NATO Members
NATO is hosting a second in a new series of one-day education seminars located in key regions of the country. This second NATO Regional Education Conference will be held on August 23, 2017 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Boulevard, Broomfield, Colorado, 80021 (just thirty minutes from the Denver International Airport).
NATO’s goal for these regional events is to provide informative presentations on the most important tobacco legislative and regulatory issues of the day. Scheduled speakers and presentations for this one-day seminar event include:
- FDA Regulatory Update: Mitch Zeller, Director, FDA Center for Tobacco Products
- Tobacco Marketing Trends: Don Burke, Senior Vice-President, Management Science Associates
- Wall Street Tobacco Industry Update: Bonnie Herzog, Managing Director and Senior Beverage & Tobacco Analyst, Wells Fargo Securities LLC
- Local, State and FDA Update: Thomas Briant, NATO Executive Director
There is no registration fee to attend the NATO Regional Education Seminars. A copy of the full agenda for the August, 2017 education seminar accompanies this bulletin. To register to attend the seminar, please use the following on-line link:
In addition, in conjunction with the Smoker Friendly Tobacco Festival being held at the same location the two days following the NATO seminar, a hotel room block has been set-aside at the Omni Interlocken Hotel for attendees of the NATO event. To reserve a hotel room, please use this link:
All NATO members are encouraged to attend the NATO Regional Education Seminar event. We are pleased that FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller will be speaking at the seminar. Register today and plan to attend the NATO Regional Education Seminar in August.
Alaska: House Bill 252 allows municipalities to adopt and enforce smoking prohibitions and restrictions in or near workplaces or buildings that are open to the public, provided said restriction is more strict than current state regulations. HB252 also allows for local option elections by an established village for smoking prohibitions in public places.
New Jersey: Senate Bill 3246 (same as A4620) prohibits the use of coupons, price rebates and price reduction promotions in sales of tobacco products and vapor products.