HB19-1033 (Tipper & Kennedy / Fields & Priola) Local Governments May Regulate Nicotine Products

Originally Posted: April 26, 2019
Last Updated: April 26, 2019

Summary

The law allows local governments to regulate the sales of cigarettes, nicotine products, and tobacco products. It allows counties to enact policies that raise the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21 and allows local governments to impose fees, licenses, and taxes on cigarette sales without losing their portion of state cigarette tax revenue. It would also allow counties to levy, collect, and enforce a county special sales tax on nicotine products, if approved by voters.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports the bill as one way to allow local areas greater control over limiting youth access to tobacco and nicotine products. It would provide authority to counties and cities to regulate tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and nicotine products as they see fit. We know that increasing prices, raising the age of purchase and requiring sellers to be licensed are evidence-based policies that reduce teen smoking rates, reduce health care costs in the long-term and improve health outcomes.

Current Status

Passed the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.