Five Tobacco-Related State Legislative Bills to Watch


The following update was provided by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)

The following state tobacco-related legislative bills have been introduced in the past week:

New Jersey: Assembly Bill 4120 (same as S299) prohibits the sale of menthol cigarettes.

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

California: Assembly Bill 1690, which, effective January 1, 2024, bans the sale of single use e-cigarette devices except those for which an FDA marketing order has been granted, failed to pass the Assembly by the May 27, 2022 deadline set in legislative rules.

New Jersey: Assembly Bill 1989, which prohibits the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored electronic smoking devices and related products, was heard and released (passed) in the Assembly Health Committee on June 2, 2022.

Virginia: House Bill 1199 and Senate Bill 748, which included language to lower OTP tax rates, were adopted in the regular legislative session. However, the 2022—2024 budget bill signed by Governor Youngkin on May 31, 2022 included language to supersede the lower OTP tax rates in HB1199 / SB748. Consequently, OTP tax rates remain unchanged from the current levels.

Click here to view the budget bill language pertaining to “Cigarette Tax, Tobacco Products Tax and Tax on Liquid Nicotine”

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