2021 State Legislative Season: What’s to Come

    Cigar Association of America (CAA) takes a look at upcoming bills and legislation that will impact tobacco businesses at the state level this year.

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    Bills that would allow local governments to regulate—or, to put it more accurately, prohibit the sale of tobacco products—have been introduced in Kentucky and are expected to surface in other states this year. New York is another hotbed of anti-tobacco legislation. So far, proposals that would impose massive excise tax increases on all tobacco products have been introduced, along with pack size restrictions, flavored tobacco bans and proposals to further restrict smoking that would even include smoking in private residences. Connecticut as well as other states will once again consider bills that would ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and at other retail outlets. Legislators in New Jersey are proposing to require tobacco retailers to also offer for sale tobacco cessation products whether they want to carry them or not.

    Given the sheer volume and wide-ranging scope of anti-tobacco legislation introduced so early in the year, it is clear that many challenges remain ahead for the cigar and pipe tobacco industry. We at the Cigar Association of America, along with the support of our members and other industry stakeholders, will continue to fight to defeat these business and job-killing legislative proposals.

    This story first appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of Tobacco Business magazine. Members of the tobacco industry are eligible for a complimentary subscription to our magazine. Click here for details.

    Contributed by Craig Williamson, President, Cigar Association of America