State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been introduced in the past week are listed below alphabetically by state:
Arkansas: House Bill 1565 increases the purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21, exempts active military members, and grandfathers those who turn 19 by December 31, 2019; this bill also creates a vapor tax of $.10 per milliliter and adds a tax of $.50 for every 32 sheets of cigarette rolling paper.
Connecticut: House Bill 7200 prohibits the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products to persons under age 21 and bans the sale of flavored electronic nicotine products (excludes menthol).
Delaware: Senate Bill 25 prohibits the sale of tobacco products and tobacco substitutes to individuals who are under 21; prohibits individuals who are under age 21 from entering vapor establishments.
Florida: House Bill 38 increases the purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age; House Bill 1125 prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products at retail or allow a vending machine that sells flavored products on site unless the retailer prohibits persons under 18 years of age.
Iowa: Senate Bill 417 increases the tax on other tobacco products to 50% and includes vapor products at the new tax rate.
Louisiana: House Bill 38 increases the purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age.
Maine: LD1028/HP758 increases the cigarette tax to $3.50 per pack, the OTP (including electronic cigarettes) tax to 81% of wholesale and ties the OTP tax rate to future cigarette tax increases.
Massachusetts: House Bill 1883 prohibits local boards of health from banning the sale of tobacco products sold legally in the Commonwealth without receiving approval of the town board or city council. House Bill 1900 restricts the sale of tobacco products to adult-only (age 21) retail tobacco stores or smoking bars. House Bill 1902 bans the sale of flavored cigarettes (including menthol) and flavored tobacco products (including menthol); allow flavored tobacco products to be sold in smoking bars. House Bill 2436 increases to 80% the excise tax on cigars and smoking tobacco; imposes a tax on electronic smoking devices at 75% of the wholesale price. House Bill 2454 maintains the tax on cigars and smoking tobacco at 40% with a cap of $1.00 per cigar; taxes electronic smoking liquid at 20% of the wholesale price. House Bill 2654 taxes electronic smoking devices at 75% of the wholesale price.
Montana: House Bill 628 prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products and vapor products without a license, prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products and vapor products by vending machine, and prohibits the self-service display of flavored products, except on age-restricted premises.
New Jersey: Assembly Bill 5134 prohibits the sale of flavored cigars.
Rhode Island: House Bill 5581 imposes a 1% state tax on hookah tobacco, vaping devices and accessories plus a 1% local tax. House Bill 5603 raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine delivery systems from 18 to 21 years of age.
Texas: Senate Bill 21 increases the legal age to purchase, use, and possess tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age. Senate Bill 1332 imposes a new tax on vapor products at the rate of $.05 per millimeter.