NATO Provides Tobacco Tax Legislation Update

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets has released an update on state tobacco legislation, including the introduction of new legislative bills since Feb. 25, 2013 that seek to increase or decrease cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates. 

The update did not include unofficial media announcements that various state governors may propose to raise cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates as a part of a state budget plan.

State tobacco legislation updates are as follows:

Arkansas: House Bill No. 1531 would cap the tax on cigars at 50 cents per unit rather than assess the full OTP tax rate of 68% of the manufacturers price.

Florida:  House Bill No. 473, and its companion Senate Bill No. 620, would increase the tax surcharge on a pack of standard cigarettes by $1 per pack.  Senate Bill No. 252 would impose a fee of 2.6-cents per cigarette on non-settling manufacturer cigarettes.

Kentucky:  House Bill No. 119, which would have assessed an excise tax at a rate of 39-cents per ounce on moist snuff, died in committee.  In addition, House Bill No. 1359, which would have increased the excise tax on tobacco products except cigars by 22%, died in committee.

New Hampshire:  House Bill No. 2 would increase the cigarette tax by 30 cents per pack.

New Mexico:  House Bill No. 428 would raise the tax on other tobacco products from 25% to 53%.

Rhode Island:  Senate Bill No. 247 would raise the cigarette tax by 90 cents per pack, the same cigarette tax increase also proposed in other previously introduced bills.

Texas:  House Bill No. 2453 and Senate Bill No. 1136 would both impose a fee of 2.75 cents per cigarette on non-settlement cigarettes and per .09 ounces of cigarette roll-your-own tobacco produced by non-settling manufacturers.

Utah:  House Bill No. 372, which would have tax electronic cigarettes at an 86% rate, was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 29-44.

 

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/electroniccigarettes Ecig Pro

    With all of the increases in tobacco cigarette taxes, the electronic cigarette industry is looking better and better. And hey, why not, the ecigarette is free of tar, odor, and carbon monoxide. Let’s just hope they never tax ecigarettes at such an extreme level as they are taxing regular tobacco cigarettes. The ecigarette is so new, many people haven’t really heard from actual electronic cigarette users. Check out this thread on the Vapor King page – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=557029477662754&set=a.209566772409028.58248.145678598797846&type=1&theater which can give you a good idea about all the positive results electronic cigarette users are posting. It’s really interesting to see that some people are picking up this product, just one time, and completely switching over on the spot. The government should do whatever they can to not depend on tobacco tax funds to run the states because more and more smokers are going to be switching over to ecigarettes. It’s just a better product all around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/electroniccigarettes Ecig Pro

    With all of the increases in tobacco cigarette taxes, the electronic cigarette industry is looking better and better. And hey, why not, the ecigarette is free of tar, odor, and carbon monoxide. Let’s just hope they never tax ecigarettes at such an extreme level as they are taxing regular tobacco cigarettes. The ecigarette is so new, many people haven’t really heard from actual electronic cigarette users. Check out this thread on the Vapor King page – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=557029477662754&set=a.209566772409028.58248.145678598797846&type=1&theater which can give you a good idea about all the positive results electronic cigarette users are posting. It’s really interesting to see that some people are picking up this product, just one time, and completely switching over on the spot. The government should do whatever they can to not depend on tobacco tax funds to run the states because more and more smokers are going to be switching over to ecigarettes. It’s just a better product all around.

  • http://www.optimacigs.com/starter-kits.html Steven Jeffrey

    They can only increase taxes as an attempt to bring down the ratio of tobacco utilization but they can’t simply ban the production companies.

  • http://internationalvaporgroup.com/compare-all-brands.html International Vapor Group

    Besides raising taxes the government should promote the use of alternatives like electronic cigarette by advertising and running campaigns.

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