Legislation

Scotts Valley, Calif. Passes First Reading of Flavored Tobacco Ban

Scotts Valley is currently the only incorporated city in Santa Cruz County not to have a ban in place.

Proposed Legislation Would Increase New York’s Cigar Tax to 95 Percent

The proposed 95 percent tax rate would make New York the most expensive state to purchase cigar in America. In short, a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 would be $18.53 before sales taxes.

Brian A. King Named New Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

The new head of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has spent more than a decade as a tobacco researcher at the Centers for Disease Control.

Alaska Legislature Passes Tobacco 21 Bill, Sends to Governor

Alaska is close to bringing its tobacco purchasing age laws into alignment with the federal minimum age.

Voters in Washington County, Ore. Approve Flavored Tobacco Ban

A ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products is coming to the Portland area after voters overwhelmingly said it should go into effect.

Colorado Bill Banning Flavored Tobacco Dies in Senate Committee

Colorado’s Legislature will not be adopting a ban on flavored tobacco products this session.

Orinda, Calif. Passes First Reading of Flavored Tobacco Ban

Orinda joins a growing list of cities and counties in California banning flavored tobacco products ahead of a statewide vote on the topic.

Colorado House of Representatives Passes Bill Banning Flavored Tobacco Sales, Premium Cigars Exempt

Colorado legislators are seeking to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, though premium cigars earned an exemption during deliberation in the House of Representatives.

Cigar Industry, FDA Lawsuit Hearing Delayed Until May 23

At the last minute, today’s scheduled oral arguments were delayed.

FDA Plans on Banning All Flavored Cigars, Menthol Cigarettes

Today, FDA announced proposed rules regarding flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes. In short, FDA will try to ban all flavored cigars from Swisher Sweets to ACID and Java. Lawsuits inbound.

Bangor, Maine Cancels Plans for Flavor Tobacco Ban

Bangor was the first city in Maine to pass a ban on flavored tobacco products. The law is being repealed before it took effect.