The following bills were recently introduced in state legislatures:
Florida: Senate Bill 1138 would increase the legal age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 988 creates a surcharge tax on a pack of cigarettes of $2.339 per pack that would be in addition to what is already being taxed at the state level.
Idaho: Senate Bill 1106 increases the legal age to purchase tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age.
Minnesota: House File 1346 and Senate File 1052 modifies the excise tax on vapor products from the current OTP rate of 95% of the wholesale sales price to an excise tax at a rate of 30 cents per liquid milliliter of vapor material. House File 1363 modifies the excise tax on moist snuff by requiring that when a container of moist snuff contains the equivalent of multiple containers, the container is to be taxed at the rate imposed on a pack of 20 cigarettes at $3.04 per each 1.2 ounces of moist snuff in the container. Senate File 1158 prohibits the use of coupons for tobacco products and vapor products.
Mississippi: House Bill 1721, which increases the excise tax on cigarettes by $1.00, was introduced on February 16, 2017.
New York: Assembly Bill 3009 and Senate Bill 2009 include a tax on vapor products of $.10 per liquid milliliter and modify the tax on large cigars from 75% of wholesale to $.45 per cigar. Senate Bill 4576 prohibits the use of coupons or use of a price reduction instrument to lower the price of certain tobacco products.
Pennsylvania: House Bill 626 increases the cigarette tax by $.04 per pack.
Tennessee: House Bill 1364 and Senate Bill 876 increase the cigarette tax by $1.07 per pack and the tobacco product excise tax from 6.6% to 17%.
Utah: House Bill 406, which increases the age for purchase, use and possession from 19 to 20 in 2018 and to 21 in 2019 and thereafter, was introduced on February 20, 2017.
Vermont: Senate Bill 88 increases the smoking age from 18 to 21.