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Massachusetts Retailers: Keep Calls Going to Governor Baker

The following is an update from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sourced through their November 22nd online bulletin. Reposted with permission.

Massachusetts Retailers:  Keep Calls Going to Governor Baker

As a follow-up to the NATO News bulletin issued yesterday regarding a call to action on a Massachusetts bill that would, in part, ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products, and impose a new 75% tax on electronic cigarettes, the bill number has changed.

Retailers that operate stores located in Massachusetts, their employees, and legal age customers who purchase tobacco products are urged to take immediate action by calling Governor Baker and urging him to veto House Bill 4196.

Call Governor Charlie Baker and Urge Him to Veto House Bill 4196!

Governor Baker’s Constituent Services Phone Number: (617) 725-4005


State Legislative Bill Actions

State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature are listed below alphabetically by state:

Massachusetts:  House Bill 4196, which would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, tax e-cigarettes at 75% of wholesale, cap nicotine level in electronic nicotine vapor products, and increase retailer penalties for sales violations, passed the Senate, the House and was sent to Governor Baker on November 20, 2019.

New Hampshire: Senate Bill 248, which increases the age to 21 for sales and purchase of tobacco products, was recommended as ought to pass by the Senate Commerce Committee on November 20, 2019.

Pennsylvania:  Senate Bill 473, which increases the legal sales age from 18 to 21, passed the House and Senate on November 21, 2019.


Federal Legislative Bill Actions

Tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by Congress are listed below:

House Bill 2339 passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee on November 19, 2019. This bill would do the following: Increase the legal purchase age for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age; prohibits the sale of all flavored tobacco products and vapor products, including menthol cigarettes (effective one year after date of enactment); prohibits remote retail sales of tobacco products and vapor products, other than face-to-face interactions; and prohibits the marketing of vapor products to anyone under 21 years of age.