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 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.


Philadelphia: Help stop unfair tobacco regulations!

The Philadelphia City Council is considering banning some flavored tobacco products, including all flavored cigars and all flavored dip. These regulations go too far!

If passed, local retailers would see sales drop as their adult customers travel to competitors in nearby towns and Counties to make tobacco purchases – while there, they may also buy other products that your store depends on!  This measure hurts businesses and hits your bottom line. 

Your voice matters. Tell your City Councilor to VOTE NO!

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Help Stop Putnam County Politicians from Increasing the Legal Age

The Putnam County Health Committee is considering a new proposal to increase the legal age of purchase for tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

Raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products would create inconsistencies with how the state and federal government define adulthood for other purposes, including:

  • Serving in the armed forces
  • Paying taxes
  • Voting
  • Getting married
  • Signing a contract, such as buying or selling property

Minors should not use tobacco products, but this proposal to increase the minimum age law would have many unintended consequences. Tell your legislators you oppose this proposal and any other attempts to unfairly target adult tobacco consumers.

Your Voice Can Make a Difference. Contact Your Legislators Today.

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