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.


BOSTON: Stop a Ban on Mint, Menthol, and Wintergreen in Traditional Tobacco Products!

The Boston Public Health Commission, the Mayor of Boston, and the Boston City Council are considering a total ban on menthol, mint, and wintergreen in traditional tobacco products—this includes menthol cigarettes and flavored dip. This is in addition to the Federal Government’s recently announced plan to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market.

A ban would threaten local businesses across the county and it could happen very soon.  We need to speak up again and tell the Boston Public Health Commission that such a broad ban is unfair and unacceptable.

Your voice matters. Take action today! With just a few clicks, you can tell them to OPPOSE this proposal!

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The Aurora City Council will introduce an ordinance that will remove the local sales tax exemption on cigarettes—and would apply the 3.75% local sales tax on Cigarettes starting Dec. 1, 2019!  This would hurt your business and your community.

You need to speak up NOW to help stop this new sales tax, before the City Council acts. With just a few clicks, you can tell the Aurora City Council NO to a cigarette sales tax hike!

Feel free to edit the letter below and then press “Send” to deliver the message to the Aurora City Council today!

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