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The Issues:

Recent years have seen a significant amount of legislative and regulatory activity affecting adult tobacco consumers and the businesses that sell tobacco products. These government actions can have a big impact on the retail and wholesale trade, and on your bottom line. As federal, state, and local policymakers consider changing or implementing new legislation or regulations, it is very important for you to stay informed on key issues and make sure your voice is heard!

Tax Increases

States continue to face budget deficits and more proposals to increase tobacco excise taxes are likely in the future. Additionally, the federal government continues to consider a tobacco excise tax increase each year. Learn more.

Retail Sales Bans and Restrictions

States and local governments across the country, big and small, continue to explore and enact unreasonable sales bans and overly burdensome restrictions on tobacco sales. Learn more.

Underage Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco products should only be available to adults and sold by licensed and regulated tobacco retailers. Learn more.

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Help STOP Tobacco Tax Increases in Maryland!

Lawmakers in Maryland are considering massive tax increases of $2.00 per pack on cigarettes and over a 56% increase per can of dip. This proposal would hurt retailers across Maryland, and directly impact your bottom line. 

You pay taxes, create jobs, and support the local economy. These tax hikes jeopardize your business and its contributions to Maryland’s economy.

Your voice can make a difference. Contact your lawmaker today.  

Feel free to edit the letter on the next page and then press “Send” to deliver the message to your legislator today! 

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Retailers: Help Stop the Menthol Cigarette Ban!

Congress will soon vote on H.R. 2339, a bill that would ban all menthol cigarettes, flavored dip, and cigars. This proposal could drive away some of your most valuable adult customers and hurt your bottom line.

Help us tell politicians in Washington, D.C. that such broad, overreaching legislation is unfair and unnecessary. It takes just 30 seconds today to email your legislator!

Your voice matters. Tell Congress to OPPOSE this ban!
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