Legislation

Michigan Senator Proposes Cigar Tax Increase

While one bill in the Michigan Legislature is looking to permanently extend the 50-cent cap on the state’s tax on cigars, another bill introduced this…

Bill Seeking Premium Cigar Exemption from FDA Regulations Introduced Again in House of Representatives

Last week, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., introduced H.R.3982, another bill aimed at exempting premium cigars from FDA regulations. It’s a companion bill to S.438—which was…

Louisiana Governor Signs Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase Bill Into Law

On Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed HB 473 into law, a bill that will raise the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products…

Maine Cigar Tax Hike Defeated for Now, Avoids Most Expensive Tax in the U.S.

Maine’s cigar tax will remain at its current level, at least for now. The Maine House of Representatives Committee on Taxation refused to advance H.P. 1039…

Washington, D.C. Council Votes in Favor of Flavored Tobacco Ban (Update)

Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia voted in favor of banning flavored tobacco. The vote was 9-3 with one member voting as present….

Durbin, Cicilline Introduce Bill to Ban Child Labor at Tobacco Farms

There is yet another attempt to prevent children from working in tobacco fields in the U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.,…

FDA Exploring Whether to Require Product Standards for Tobacco Manufacturing

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says that it plans on exploring whether it should require certain requirements for the manufacturing, packing, and storage…

FDA Says Premium Cigar Review Won’t Be Done Until Spring 2022, Withdraws ANRPM

It seems likely that cigar companies will have, at the very least, another year before the substantial equivalence process for “premium cigars” might resume according…

San Jose, Calif. Considers Flavored Tobacco Ban

San Jose could become the next California city to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products. On June 15, the San Jose City Council will…

North Carolina Tax Proposal Would Charge Tobacco Tax for Online Sales, Introduce Tax Cap for Cigars

A major tax bill working its way through the North Carolina legislature includes massive changes to the way cigars are taxed in the state. H.B….

Nevada’s Governor Signs Bill Increasing Tobacco Purchasing Age

Nevada has become the latest state to bring its laws into alignment with the federal minimum age of 21-years-old to purchase tobacco products, as today…