The following is an update from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sourced through their November 21st online bulletin. Reposted with permission.
Call Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to Veto House Bill 4226
Last night, the Massachusetts State Senate voted 32-6 to pass a bill that (1) prohibits the sale of menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products including flavored smokeless tobacco, flavored cigars, flavored pipe tobacco, and flavored electronic cigarettes, (2) imposes a new 75% tax on electronic cigarettes, (3) prohibits the sale of electronic nicotine vapor products with a nicotine content greater than 35 milligrams per milliliter, and (4) allows flavored tobacco products to be sold only in “smoking bars” for on-site consumption. This is the same legislation that the Massachusetts House passed on a 126-31 vote on November 13th. The bill has now been sent to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to sign, amend, or veto.
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 4226. This legislation is government overreach and will result in Massachusetts’ legal age consumers traveling to adjacent states to purchase their preferred tobacco products or obtain tobacco products from the black market that will flourish in the state.