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.


MISSISSIPPI: Stop the Tax Hikes!

State legislators in Mississippi are trying to raise taxes on the things your customers buy – like cigarettes, dip, cigars, alcohol, cable TV, utilities, cars, and entertainment – just to name a few. The tax on cigarettes alone could increase to $1.18 per pack  

They say it’s to pay for lower income taxes – but they’re rushing this plan through without any time to check the math. This proposal would only add to the financial hardship retailers are facing right now.  

Let your lawmakers know you oppose H.B. 1439!  

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Speak Out for Retailers in Arizona!

Lawmakers in Arizona are considering Senate Bill 1103, which should do more to support local businesses. While the bill would raise the legal age of purchase for tobacco products to 21 to conform with existing federal law, it also needs to ensure the sale and marketing of tobacco products remains a statewide concern with uniform laws. Tell your legislator to support SB 1103 with an amendment that supports your business. SB 1103 needs a state-wide framework for tobacco products, and not allow for a patchwork of confusing local laws in Arizona!  

Your voice can make a difference. Contact your lawmaker today.  

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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