House Oversight Committee Investigating FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

The House Oversight Committee is asking for documents regarding how the agency operates while also airing out some grievances the vaping industry has with FDA. Cigars do not appear to be a focus for the committee.

Kansas Tobacco 21 Bill Heads to Governor (Update)

This bill would bring Kansas’ state law in line with existing federal requirements, making it easier for local law enforcement to enforce the federal Tobacco 21 standard that was approved in late 2019.

New Hampshire Premium Cigar Tax Bill Dies

Premium cigars will continue to be untaxed in New Hampshire.

Bill Banning Flavored Tobacco Sales in Hawaii Dies in Senate

While the outright ban on sales of flavored tobacco and vaping products will not pass, another bill would allow for counties to enact stricter tobacco and vaping regulations remains alive.

New Mexico Cigar Tax Cap Removed, Taxes Going Up

New Mexico’s 50-cent tax cap for cigars will be going away this July.

Oklahoma Bill Would Reintroduce Fines for Underage Tobacco Buyers

Less than a year ago, Oklahoma’s legislature passed a bill that removed the fines for those caught violating the state’s Tobacco 21 bill. Earlier this week, the Oklahoma House approved a bill that would reinstate fines.

European Commission Asks for Comments Regarding Upcoming Tobacco Rules

The comments will be used to revise the EU’s Framework for Tobacco Control, changes that are expected to happen next year.

North Dakota Senate Passes Cigar Lounge Bill

Because the bill was amended, it now heads back to the House for approval.

Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Tobacco & Vaping Companies From Deducting Advertising Expenses

The bill would certainly impact websites like halfwheel and cigar magazines, but it also could affect cigar retailers including those that don’t have online storefronts or catalogs.

Hawaii Bill Would Ban Anyone Born After 2002 From Ever Using Tobacco & Vaping Products

Hawaii was the first state to increase its minimum purchasing age to purchase tobacco to 21, now a bill seeks to ban anyone born after 2002 from ever using tobacco products.