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.

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MARYLAND: Stop a BAN on Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars, and Flavored Dip!

The Maryland Legislature is considering a ban on menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars, and flavored dip. This would hurt businesses already struggling during the current crisis and it will lead to an even bigger illegal market.  

Help us tell lawmakers that such a broad, overreaching ban is unfair and unacceptable.  

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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Help STOP Tobacco Tax Increases in Maryland

Maryland lawmakers may override the Governor’s veto of H.B. 732 and raise cigarette taxes by $1.75 per pack. This proposal would compound the financial hardship retailers are facing right now and it must be stopped.   

Tell your lawmakers to sustain the Governor’s veto of H.B. 732!

Your voice can make a difference. 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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