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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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KANSAS CITY: STOP A BAN ON MENTHOL CIGARETTES, FLAVORED DIP, AND FLAVORED CIGARS!

Kansas City’s City Council is considering an ordinance to BAN all flavored tobacco products – including menthol cigarettes, flavored dip, and flavored cigars!

A total flavor ban would threaten many local businesses like yours across the city. 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 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 Suffolk County from Increasing the Legal Age to 25

The Suffolk County Legislature is considering a Local Law to increase the legal age of purchase for tobacco products from 21 to 25 years old.   

Raising the legal age to 25 years old would create inconsistencies with how the state and federal government define adulthood for most every purpose, such as purchasing alcohol.  

The legal age is already 21 years old and this law would have many unintended consequences. Tell your Legislators you oppose this Local Law and any other attempts to unfairly target adult tobacco consumers.  

Your Voice Can Make a Difference. Contact Your County Legislator Today.  

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