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Momentum increased as cities and states across the nation began to increase their legal sales age for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Nineteen states and DC passed Tobacco 21 laws. Since passage of the federal law, 14 more states have passed laws increasing their state legal sales ages to 21 as of November 2020.




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Tobacco 21 is an important component of a comprehensive public health approach to reducing tobacco use. In addition to Tobacco 21 we need to eliminate all flavored tobacco products, stop online (remote) sales and increase taxes on all tobacco products including e-cigarettes. In addition, FDA must begin its premarket review of all e-cigarettes, hookah, cigars and pipe tobacco.


Retailers across Pennsylvania can no longer sell any tobacco product (including e-cigarettes) to anyone under the age of 21. View the Downloadable Resources for Retailers that provide guidance regarding the impacts of these laws on tobacco retail sales.


The New York State Tobacco Control Program works to create communities open to policy, systems, and environmental changes that prevent tobacco and e-cigarette access by youth and eliminate exposure to toxic secondhand smoke and vaping aerosol. In addition to these state laws, many organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties have adopted binding or nonbinding policies and resolutions that prohibit smoking and e-cigarette use. These policies include prohibiting smoking and e-cigarette use in multiunit housing; banning smoking, tobacco use, and e-cigarette use in additional outdoor spaces; restricting the number and location of stores that sell tobacco and e-cigarettes; prohibiting the acceptance of tobacco company funds or services; and working to reduce the impact of adolescent exposure to smoking in movies and on the internet.


Almost all adults who smoke cigarettes started in their teens. Public Health Law 13-F, known as the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (commonly referred to as ATUPA), regulates the sale of tobacco and vaping products to restrict their access by youth and young adults. ATUPA violations can result in civil penalties or retailer registration suspension or revocation. Recent amendments:


NYS has one of the highest state cigarette taxes in the country. In 2010, NYS's cigarette excise tax increased to $4.35 per pack of 20 cigarettes or little cigars. The tax on moist snuff is $2.00 per ounce, and the tax on cigars and other tobacco products is 75% of wholesale value. Localities may levy additional tobacco taxes with the approval of the state legislature. New York City (NYC) also imposes a local tax on cigarettes at $1.50 per pack, bringing the combined state and local tax to $5.85, the third highest in the nation. As of June 1, 2018, NYC Local Law 145 requires retailers sell cigarettes for a minimum retail price of $13.00 per pack, the highest pack price in the U.S.


Every retail dealer of cigarettes or tobacco products in NYS and every owner or operator of vending machines that sell cigarettes or tobacco products must register with the Department of Taxation and Finance. In 2019, 18,219 tobacco retailers were registered with the NYS Department of Tax and Finance. Cigarette wholesalers, retailers and distributors also must be licensed. Municipalities may establish their own licensing requirements.


Enacted in 1985, the Cigarette Marketing Standards Act, Tax Law, Article 20-A, prohibits the sale of cigarettes below cost and makes it illegal for retailers to intentionally avoid the collection or payment of taxes. The law includes fines and penalties for violations.


Enacted in 2000 and implemented in 2004, the Cigarette Fire Safety Act, Executive Law Article 6-C Section 156-C, established fire safety standards for cigarettes sold in NYS. The act requires manufacturers to certify that all cigarettes they offer for sale in NYS meet a specific ignition propensity standard to prevent fires caused by burning cigarettes left unattended and particularly those held by smokers who fall asleep during use. NYS was the first jurisdiction in the world to establish such a requirement. Cigarette-caused fires and deaths have declined since the implementation of the law.


(a) "Tobacco" means cigarettes and any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, smoked, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, or any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product including but not limited to cigars; cheroots; stogies; perique; granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other smoking tobacco; snuff; snuff flour; cavendish; plug and twist tobacco; fine cut and other chewing tobaccos; shorts; refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco; and other kinds and forms of tobacco. Tobacco excludes any drugs, devices, or combination products, as those terms are defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, that are authorized for sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration.


(c) "Electronic delivery device" means any product containing or delivering nicotine, lobelia, or any other substance, whether natural or synthetic, intended for human consumption through inhalation of aerosol or vapor from the product. Electronic delivery device includes but is not limited to devices manufactured, marketed, or sold as electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic pipe, vape pens, modes, tank systems, or under any other product name or descriptor. Electronic delivery device includes any component part of a product, whether or not marketed or sold separately. Electronic delivery device excludes drugs, devices, or combination products, as those terms are defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, that are authorized for sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration.


On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed legislation to raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for retailers to sell any tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. Prior to this change, the minimum age to buy tobacco products in Alabama was 19. Read our full news release on the change.


Alabama Act 2013-383 (HB286) - amends Sections 28-11-2 and 28-11-13, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the sale, use, possession and transportation of tobacco and alternative tobacco products so as to include electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic cigarillos and electronic pipes.


Numerous economic studies have documented that increases in cigarette taxes or prices reduce both adult and underage smoking. The general consensus is that every 10 percent increase in the real price of cigarettes reduces:


Alabama Act 2004-545 (HB716) - increases the state tax on cigarettes from 16.5 to 42.5 cents per pack and doubles the tax on other tobacco products. It further requires the use of tax stamps by municipalities for the sale of cigarettes. Tax rates on tobacco products other than cigarettes (snuff, smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, and cigars) vary based on weight and retail selling price of the products.


New Minimum Age: The minimum age for the sale and/or distribution of cigarettes, tobacco products, tobacco related objects, alternative nicotine products and vapor products has increased from 18 years of age to 21 years of age.


A special event tobacco permit is issued for the sale of cigars, cigarettes or loose or smokeless tobacco at a temporary off-site location. The permit can be authorized for a period of one day up to a maximum of ten days.


Earlier this year, Governor Christie signed legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in order to give young people more time to mature and develop a better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be. The law provides additional public health protection by including electronic smoking devices, which also deliver nicotine and other toxic substances. This is especially critical given that more than 12 percent of New Jersey high school students report using e-cigarettes.


He or she may confiscate the tobacco and charge you with being in violation of Code of Virginia 18.2-371.2, which prohibits anyone under 18 years of age from buying or trying to buy, or possessing any tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, bidis, rolling papers, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine, and hemp products.


On June 29th, Governor Reynolds signed legislation which increased the state minimum age to purchase tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products from 18 to 21 years. State of Iowa law is now reflective of the federal minimum age to purchase which was raised on December 20, 2019. Retailers must not sell, give or supply any tobacco, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, vapor products, or cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21 years.


\"It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product -- including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes -- to anyone under 21. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available,\" the statement said.


Tobacco use has long been a concern in the U.S. in both the health problems connected to combustible cigarettes and the addictive properties of nicotine, especially in young people. In 2018, 12.5% of middle school students reported they use a tobacco product, compared to 31% of high school students, a CDC survey found. 041b061a72


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