The following bills that were previously introduced had action recently:
Arizona: House Bill 2335, which increases the age for purchase, use and possession of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) to 21 and extends the smoking ban to include e-cigarettes, passed the House Health Committee on February 2.
Hawaii: House Bill 246, which imposes a new excise tax of 70% of the wholesale price on e-cigarettes and related products, effective January 1, 2018, was amended and passed the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on February 6, 2017. Senate Bill 871, which changes the excise tax on large cigars (currently 50% of the wholesale price) to the lesser of 50% of the wholesale price or 50 cents, passed Senate Ways and Means Committee on February 7, 2017.
Kentucky: House Bill 125, which allows a minor to sell tobacco products on behalf of an employer, was posted in committee on February 8, 2017.
Nebraska: Legislative Bill 190, which limits the excise tax on cigars to 50 cents per cigar, was indefinitely postponed on February 7, 2017.
New Hampshire: House Bill 112, which requires child-resistant packaging for electronic cigarette cartridges, failed to pass the House on February 9, 2017. House Bill 242, which amends the definition of e-cigarette to mean any electronic smoking device that may or may not include nicotine and defines e-cigarettes as a tobacco product for purposes of sale and licensing, passed the House on February 9, 2017. Senate Bill 207, which changes the tax rate on chewing tobacco from 65.03% of wholesale to $1.55 per ounce, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 15, 2017.
New Mexico: House Bill 282, which increases the state cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack, increases the tax on other tobacco products an additional 51% of the purchase price, and also includes “electronic cigarettes” in the definition of “tobacco products” with the sole purpose of imposing a new tax on electronic cigarettes at rate of 76% of the purchase price, was considered in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on February 10, 2017.
North Dakota: House Bill 1312, which increases the purchase age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 years of age to 19 years of age, failed to pass the House on February 3, 2017.
Virginia: House Bill 1925, which grants all counties the authority to tax cigarettes, was left in committee February 7, 2017.
Washington: House Bill 1054, which increases the legal age to purchase tobacco products and vapor products from 18 years of age from 21 years of age, received a “Do Pass as Substituted” recommendation from the House Health Care and Wellness on February 3, 2017 and was referred to the House Finance Committee on February 7, 2017.
Wyoming: House Bill 151, which would increase the state cigarette tax by 30 cents per pack (from $.60 per pack to $.90 per pack), was referred to the Senate Revenue Committee on February 6th.