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.



The Chicago City Council is considering a total flavor ban on all tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and all flavored traditional tobacco products like smokeless tobacco and cigars. The ordinance is currently with the Committee on Health and Human Relations.  

This broad ban 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 other 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 your Alderman and the Committee on Health and Human Relations members.

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San Joaquin County Retailers: Stop a Broad Ban on Traditional Flavored Tobacco Products!

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors is considering a ban on all traditional flavored tobacco products--including menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars, and flavored dip--in the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County.

This could drive adult customers to stores outside of the municipality to purchase their preferred products—or it could even drive them to the illegal market. Help us tell your elected officials that such a broad ban is unfair and unacceptable.

Your voice matters. Take action today! With just a few clicks, you can tell your elected officials to OPPOSE this legislation!  

Feel free to edit the letter on the next page and then press “Send” to deliver the message to your elected officials today! 

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