The following bills were recently introduced in state legislatures:
Kansas: Senate Bill 130 decreases the excise tax on for e-cigarettes from 20 cents per milliliter to 5 cents per milliliter.
Maine: HB 673 (LD945) increases the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack.
Minnesota: House File 2314 specifies that a container of moist snuff weighing more than 1.2 ounces is subject to an excise tax rate of the higher of 95% of the wholesale price or $3.04 times each 1.2 ounces of moist snuff in a container.
Nevada: Assembly Bill 269, which provides for regulation of vapor products, removes vapor products from the current tax of 30% of the wholesale price and, in its place, imposes a tax of 5 cents per milliliter of consumable vapor products.
Oregon: House Bill 3178 imposes a tax on vapor products at the rate of 95% of the wholesale price. Senate Bill 998 prohibits the retail sale of tobacco products or vapor products at or from premises that have not been registered with the Department of Revenue.
Pennsylvania: Senate Bill 508 imposes a tax on vapor products at $.05 per fluid milliliter. Senate Bill 519 expands the state smoking ban, changes the definition of a tobacco shop from 50% to 80% of gross annual sales, and repeals state preemption.
Rhode Island: Senate Bill 593 increases to 21 the legal purchase age for tobacco products. Correction on Senate Bill 470 which requires that a fifteen percent (15%) minimum markup be added to the total cost of cigarettes sold by retailers.
Texas: Senate Bill 1505 redefines “cigarette” to include little cigars, increasing the tax on little cigars to $1.41 per pack.
Washington: House Bill 2165 imposes a tax on vapor products at 60% of the taxable sales price, and requires manufacturers and retail distributors of vapor products to be licensed.
West Virginia: House Bill 2964 increases the cigarette tax by $.35 per pack.