An Update on 12 Tobacco-Related State Bills

National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) | State Legislative Update

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has compiled the following list of state tobacco-related legislative bills were introduced in the past week, listed alphabetically by state:

Minnesota: House File 9a and Senate File 26a are the tax bills that have been introduced during the Special Legislative Session. The bill does not include a cigarette or tobacco tax increase. It does change the definition of a “Nicotine Solution Product” to include delivery systems and devices. The language is identical and has been agreed upon by the House, Senate and Governor. The House File was introduced on June 14 and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. The Senate File was introduced on June 15th and referred to the Senate Tax Committee.

The following state tobacco-related legislative bills were acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature:

Connecticut: The 2021 regular legislative session adjourned June 9, 2021. A special session convened to finalize budget issues.

Delaware: Senate Bill 131, which reduces the tax rate on premium cigars from 30 percent to 15 percent of the wholesale price, passed the Senate on June 15, 2021.

Illinois: An amended version of Senate Bill 512, which sets packaging, ingredient, and marketing requirements for e-cigarettes; prohibits a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer from advertising, marketing, or promoting an electronic cigarette in a manner that: (1) encourages persons under 21 years of age to use an electronic cigarette; or (2) is attractive to persons under 21 years of age, including, but not limited to, inclusion of the following: (A) cartoons; (B) an image, character, or phrase that is similar to one popularly used to advertise to children; or (C) a video game, movie, video, or animated television show known to appeal primarily to persons under 21 years of age; and prohibits the honoring or acceptance of any discount, coupon, or other benefit or reduction in price that is inconsistent with 21 CFR 1140, subsequent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) industry guidance, or any rules adopted under 21 CFR 1140, is still awaiting the Governor’s signature as of June 18, 2021. The amended version of the bill removed a provision that would have made it unlawful to sell in any one transaction more than 2 electronic cigarettes, 4 prepackaged cartridges of electronic cigarette solution, or 100 milliliters of electronic cigarette solution to a consumer.