The following is an update from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sourced through their June 5th online bulletin. Reposted with permission.
State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature are listed below alphabetically by state:
Colorado: House Bill 1001, which increases the minimum sales age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21; requires all vapor and tobacco product retailers to obtain a license; and prohibits new tobacco product or vapor product retailers from being located within 500 feet of a school, was reported favorably by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 2, 2020 and is awaiting a third reading on the Senate Floor as of June 4, 2020.
Mississippi: Four bills died in committee on June 3, 2020: HB249 would have increased the tax on all tobacco products other than cigarettes to 22.5% of the manufacturer’s list price; HB251 would have increased the tax on cigarettes by $0.50 per pack; SB2893 would have increased the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack; and SB2896 would have taxed alternative nicotine products and e-products at 15% of the sales price (the same rate as OTP). Please note that HB1407, which is identical to SB2896, remains active.