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.


Tell California Lawmakers: Don't Hurt My Business!

The California economy and small businesses in particular are struggling. Yet, the California Legislature is one step away from passing SB 793, which includes a ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and mint and wintergreen dip but exempts flavored hookah and expensive cigars. It is an unfair bill, that picks winners and losers.     

This ban will be considered by the full Assembly, the last stop in the legislative process, the week of August 24th!  

California legislators need to focus on helping our small businesses right now, not hurting them. While youth vaping is very problematic, youth smoking and tobacco usage is at historic lows. Please ask your legislator not to use the youth vaping epidemic to unnecessarily hurt your business by overextending this ban to traditional tobacco products.  

It takes just 30 seconds today to email your lawmaker.  

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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The Chicago City Council is considering a total flavor ban on all tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, flavored dip, and flavored cigars. 

Ordinance 3388 would threaten local businesses across the city.  We need to speak up and tell the City Council that addressing the youth vaping epidemic should not lead the Council to overextend to traditional tobacco products.

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

Feel free to edit the letter on the next page and then press “Send” to deliver the message to City Council.

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