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.



A Phoenix City Councilmember stated he will introduce a TOTAL flavor ban on all tobacco products – including menthol cigarettes, flavored dip, and flavored cigars!

A total flavor ban would threaten many local businesses like yours across the city. This unfair ordinance could be introduced as soon August 26th.  Please speak up and tell the City Council that if adult customers can’t buy their preferred tobacco products in your store, many will go just outside of the city or to tribal reservation stores to get them.

Take action today! With just a few clicks, you can send the City Council a message.  

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Help STOP a Cigarette Tax Increase in New Jersey!

New Jersey lawmakers are still considering a massive tax hike of $1.65 per pack of cigarettes! This proposal would only compound the financial hardship retailers are facing right now. Tell your lawmakers to oppose a tax increase on cigarettes!  

Increasing a tax in the middle of an economic slowdown is a bad idea; it just hurts jobs and taxpayers. Speak out today to stop the cigarette tax hike.  

Feel free to edit the letter on the next page and then press “Send” to deliver the message to legislators in Trenton today!

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