Cigars & Tobacco Products Receive Protections in Iowa

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A new law in Iowa has been signed that provide protections for “consumer merchandise” and cigars and tobacco products are included.

The bill, H.F. 295, prevents any city or county in Iowa from passing laws that would restrict the sale or marketing of these “consumer merchandise.” In short, this bill would make it illegal for cities and counties in Iowa to pass laws regarding tobacco products that are more restrictive to state laws. This include a city trying to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco beyond the state law, currently 18, or other restrictions on flavored tobacco.

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It’s not the main purpose of the bill, which deals with employment restrictions such as minimum wage increases and unions.

The bill passed without receiving a single no vote, though two senators abstained and four members of the House did not vote. It was signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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Charlie Minato
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