Update on Recent Legislation Affecting Premium Cigars

March 25, 2016

Interesting legislative news posted today from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc. (NATO)*.  Below are some highlights of activity on state tobacco bills that pertain to the brothers & sisters of the leaf.


Legislative Action on State Tobacco Bills
Recent action that has taken place on tobacco-related bills pending in state legislatures:


Hawaii:  Senate Bill 2083, which prohibits smoking in vehicles with minors present, passed the Senate on March 8, 2016 and passed the House Committee on Judiciary on March 22, 2016.


New Hampshire:  House Bill 1208, which changes several definitions to the tobacco tax laws, including the definition of a premium cigar by removing the criteria that cigars wholesale for $2.00 or more, passed the House on March 9, 2016 and is set for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 29, 2016.

Newly Introduced State Tobacco Bills
No new bills of interest were introduced in state legislatures since the last report March 22.


*NATO is a national trade association organized to enhance the common business interests of all tobacco retailers and to monitor and assist members in responding to tobacco-related legislation on the local, state and federal levels.

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