Legislation

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 The law is being repealed before it took effect.

San Diego Bans Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products, “Premium Cigars” Exempted

San Diego joins a steadily growing list of California cities to ban flavored tobacco products, though premium cigars get an exemption.

FDA’s Proposed Flavored Cigar, Menthol Cigarette Bans Clear OMB

FDA’s expected plans to ban flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes could be announced as early as this week.

Alaska Senate Passes Tobacco 21 Bill, Sends to House

The Alaska Senate has passed a bill making the minimum age to purchase or possess tobacco products to 21-years-old. It now heads to the House for debate and passage before the session ends in just a few weeks.

Brunswick, Maine Bans the Sale of All Flavored Tobacco Products

On Tuesday night, Brunswick became the third city in Maine to pass a flavored tobacco ban.

Michele Mital to Become Acting Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

Mital, FDA’s current deputy director, replaces Mitch Zeller, the longtime director of CTP, who is retiring next month.

Kansas House Approves Tobacco 21 Bill, Sent to Senate

The Kansas House has passed a bill that would update the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, the federal standard.

Cigar Trade Groups, FDA Due Back in Court on May 4, 2022

Attorneys for the cigar industry and FDA will be back in court in early May to argue about whether or not the agency properly followed rules when choosing to regulate all cigars the same way. If the cigar industry is victorious, the ramifications could be as large as throwing out the FDA regulations for “premium cigars.”

New Iberia, La. Passes Smoking Ban; Cigar Shops & Bars Exempted

This week, the New Iberia City Council passed an ordinance by a 4-3 vote that will ban smoking in a number of public places, including…

Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban Smoking at Casinos

A pair of legislators plan have announced a bill that would ban smoking and vaping in Pennsylvania’s casinos.