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 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.


Sacramento: Help Stop Unfair Tobacco Regulations!

Sacramento: Help Stop Unfair Tobacco Regulations!

The Sacramento City Council is considering a ban on all flavored tobacco and e-vapor products, and menthol cigarettes.

This proposal could impact your Tobacco Retail License and hurt your bottom line. Help us tell the Sacramento City Council that that such a broad, overreaching regulation is unfair and unacceptable. It takes just 30 seconds today to email your Sacramento City Council member! 

Your voice matters. Tell City Council to OPPOSE this proposal!  

Feel free to edit the letter on the next page and then press “Submit” to deliver the message to city council today! 

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Help Stop Otter Tail County Politicians from Increasing the Legal Age

The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners is considering a new proposal to increase the legal age of purchase for tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

Raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products would create inconsistencies with how the state and federal government define adulthood for other purposes, including:

  • Serving in the armed forces
  • Paying taxes
  • Voting
  • Getting married
  • Signing a contract, such as buying or selling property

Minors should not use tobacco products, but this proposal to increase the minimum age law would have many unintended consequences. Tell your legislators you oppose this proposal and any other attempts to unfairly target adult tobacco consumers.

Your Voice Can Make a Difference. Contact Your Legislators Today.

Feel free to edit the letter below and press “Send” to deliver the message to your legislators.

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