issues in focus

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 a Tax Increase on Dip in Kentucky!

The Kentucky Legislature is considering a 100% tax increase on dip! This proposal would hurt retailers across Kentucky, 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 Kentucky’s economy.  

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

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Help STOP a Tobacco Flavor Ban in Minnesota!

The Minnesota Legislature is considering a total ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, dip, and cigars for adults 21 and older. Don’t let them ban the products you sell. Speak out today!  

Banning flavored traditional tobacco products for adults 21 and older in Minnesota is bad policy. It will only further restrict the choices your adult tobacco customers have for the products they prefer. And it will lead to an even bigger illegal market that will increase crime, reduce your sales, and endanger consumers. Adult prohibition never works – it didn’t work for alcohol, and it won’t work for flavored traditional tobacco products.

Help us tell lawmakers that such a broad, overreaching ban is unfair and unacceptable. It takes just 30 seconds today to email your lawmaker today.

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