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Federal, state, and local governments around the country continue to target adult tobacco consumers, retailers, and wholesalers with excessive taxes and unfair policies, such as retail bans and advertising restrictions.

Click on the action alerts below to take action on the most current issues that impact you and your business!

Calls to Action

  • 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!

    Feel free to edit the letter below and then press “Send” to deliver the message to your City Councilor today! 

     

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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.

    Feel free to edit the letter below and press “Send” to deliver the message to your legislators.

     

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  • Tell the FDA: The Possible Nicotine Rule Would Hurt Tobacco Growers

    The FDA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal that would essentially ban all cigarettes on the market today — by mandating that the levels of nicotine be nearly 98 percent lower than current levels – before the FDA has allowed a new market in less harmful products to be established.

    Without giving smokers more alternative, less harmful tobacco product options and truthful and accurate information about the benefits of switching to them, this possible new standard could hurt tobacco growers, retailers and wholesalers, is unfair to adult tobacco consumers, and may not be achievable.

    The FDA needs to hear from tobacco growers, as this possible rule could have a major impact on your business, the tobacco-growing industry, and our entire economy.

    If you are concerned about this possible rule, please provide your comments to the FDA.  When you leave your comment, remember to tell the FDA:

    • There are currently no combustible tobacco products on the market today that meet the unreasonable restriction the FDA is considering, making this possible rule a de facto ban on all cigarettes currently on the market.
    • This possible new standard would be particularly burdensome, if not impossible, for tobacco growers and their employees.  It would hurt my business as well as the viability of other tobacco growers across the country, which will have a negative impact on our entire industry and the economy of the regions in which we operate.
    • Such a drastic regulatory change would hurt growers – planting, cultivating and harvesting would all be affected as the FDA’s proposal would render all tobacco plants grown today obsolete and unusable. Many tobacco growers are small, family businesses and would face real difficulties implementing and affording this change.  

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

    A copy of your comment will also be sent with the accompanying top note, to your federal legislators encouraging them to get involved.

     

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  • Tell the FDA: Possible Nicotine Rule Would Hurt Tobacco Retailers and Wholesalers

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    The FDA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal that would essentially ban all cigarettes on the market today — by mandating that the levels of nicotine be nearly 98 percent lower than current levels – before the FDA has allowed a new market in less harmful products to be established.

    Without giving smokers more alternative, less harmful tobacco product options and truthful and accurate information about the benefits of switching to them, this possible new standard could hurt tobacco retailers and wholesalers, is unfair to adult tobacco consumers, and may not even be achievable.

    If you are concerned about this possible rule, please provide your comments to the FDA.  When you leave your comment, remember to tell the FDA:

    • Cigarettes make up a significant portion of my sales. The possible nicotine rule would be a de facto ban on all existing cigarettes, which would severely hurt tobacco retailers and wholesalers, the jobs we provide, and the communities in which we operate.
    • If enacted without providing greater access to more reduced-risk tobacco product alternatives and information about switching to them, a regulatory restriction like this could hurt my business as well as other retailers and wholesalers—threatening the economy of our entire region.
    • A de facto ban on cigarettes could also seriously hurt domestic tobacco growers and U.S. manufacturing, and could create a demand for illegal tobacco on the black market, resulting in increased trafficking, crime, and other illegal activity.
    • Rather than reduce choice for adult smokers, the FDA should be expanding it – focusing on giving adults access to a wider choice of less harmful tobacco products, and information about the benefits of switching to them.

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

     

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  • Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Growers

    Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Growers

    The Food and Drug Administration is taking public comment on a potential new rule that would severely restrict or even ban menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products.  If enacted, this rule would have a devastating impact on tobacco growers, their employees, and the overall economy.  

    The FDA needs to hear how this decision would hurt tobacco growers, as well as our entire economy. If you are concerned about this potential rule, submit a comment to the FDA today and tell them:

    • Banning menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products could threaten your business, hurt tobacco growers, and cause severe economic harm. For growers of tobacco used in both cigarettes and dip—and the regions and states in which they operate—it could have a devastating impact on the agricultural industry.
    • We all agree that kids should not use any tobacco products and that access to all tobacco products—including flavored products should be strictly limited to adults. However, the FDA should focus on reasonable restrictions that recognize that many adults prefer flavored products.
    • There is not enough science or research to support such severe restrictions or bans on menthol cigarettes or flavored tobacco products. The FDA must do much more research to understand the role of flavors before moving forward with rulemaking.
    • Rather than focus on removing choices from the market, FDA should focus on giving adults access to more products that reduce harm, including products with flavors adults like.  And it should also give smokers information about the benefits of switching.

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

     

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  • Tell the FDA: Possible Nicotine Rule Would Hurt Tobacco Retailers and Wholesalers

    Untitled Document

    The FDA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal that would essentially ban all cigarettes on the market today — by mandating that the levels of nicotine be nearly 98 percent lower than current levels – before the FDA has allowed a new market in less harmful products to be established.

    Without giving smokers more alternative, less harmful tobacco product options and truthful and accurate information about the benefits of switching to them, this possible new standard could hurt tobacco retailers and wholesalers, is unfair to adult tobacco consumers, and may not even be achievable.

    If you are concerned about this possible rule, please provide your comments to the FDA.  When you leave your comment, remember to tell the FDA:

    • Cigarettes make up a significant portion of my sales. The possible nicotine rule would be a de facto ban on all existing cigarettes, which would severely hurt tobacco retailers and wholesalers, the jobs we provide, and the communities in which we operate.
    • If enacted without providing greater access to more reduced-risk tobacco product alternatives and information about switching to them, a regulatory restriction like this could hurt my business as well as other retailers and wholesalers—threatening the economy of our entire region.
    • A de facto ban on cigarettes could also seriously hurt domestic tobacco growers and U.S. manufacturing, and could create a demand for illegal tobacco on the black market, resulting in increased trafficking, crime, and other illegal activity.
    • Rather than reduce choice for adult smokers, the FDA should be expanding it – focusing on giving adults access to a wider choice of less harmful tobacco products, and information about the benefits of switching to them.

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

    A copy of your comment will also be sent with the accompanying top note to your federal legislators encouraging them to get involved.

     

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  • Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Growers

    Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Growers

    The Food and Drug Administration is taking public comment on a potential new rule that would severely restrict or even ban menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products.  If enacted, this rule would have a devastating impact on tobacco growers, their employees, and the overall economy.  

    The FDA needs to hear how this decision would hurt tobacco growers, as well as our entire economy. If you are concerned about this potential rule, submit a comment to the FDA today and tell them:

    • Banning menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products could threaten your business, hurt tobacco growers, and cause severe economic harm. For growers of tobacco used in both cigarettes and dip—and the regions and states in which they operate—it could have a devastating impact on the agricultural industry.
    • We all agree that kids should not use any tobacco products and that access to all tobacco products—including flavored products should be strictly limited to adults. However, the FDA should focus on reasonable restrictions that recognize that many adults prefer flavored products.
    • There is not enough science or research to support such severe restrictions or bans on menthol cigarettes or flavored tobacco products. The FDA must do much more research to understand the role of flavors before moving forward with rulemaking.
    • Rather than focus on removing choices from the market, FDA should focus on giving adults access to more products that reduce harm, including products with flavors adults like.  And it should also give smokers information about the benefits of switching.

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

     

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  • Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Retailers and Wholesalers

    Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Retailers and Wholesalers

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently accepting public comments on a potential rule that would severely restrict or even ban menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco and e-vapor products. 

    The FDA needs to hear how this rule would hurt tobacco retailers and wholesalers, as well as our entire economy.   

    If you are concerned about this proposed rule, please provide your comments to the FDA. When you leave your comment, remember to tell the FDA:

    • Menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco and e-vapor products make up a significant portion of my daily sales—and adult tobacco and e-vapor consumers often buy other products when purchasing tobacco. Moreover, tobacco and e-vapor retailers and wholesalers drive economic activity, provide jobs, and support local communities. Banning menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products could hurt my business and threaten the larger economy.  
    • Such a drastic regulatory change could create serious potential implementation problems for retailers and wholesalers, including how to phase in restrictions, what to do with restricted products currently in stock, and other issues of practicality.
    • Potential flavor restrictions infringe on adult tobacco consumers’ right to purchase the legal tobacco products they prefer. It’s just another example of the federal government trying to regulate and dictate adult consumer behavior and choices via. Rather than reduce choice, the government should be expanding it – focusing on giving adults access to a wider choice of less harmful tobacco products, including flavored products.
    • We all agree that kids should not use any tobacco product, and access to tobacco products, including flavored products, should be strictly limited to adults.  FDA should impose reasonable restrictions like prohibiting the use of children’s cartoon characters or trademarked candy brands in the marketing of flavored tobacco products.  Such restrictions would still recognize that many adults prefer flavored products.

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

     

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  • Tell the FDA: The Possible Nicotine Rule Would Hurt Tobacco Growers!

    The FDA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal that would essentially ban all cigarettes on the market today — by mandating that the levels of nicotine be nearly 98 percent lower than current levels – before the FDA has allowed a new market in less harmful products to be established.

    Without giving smokers more alternative, less harmful tobacco product options and truthful and accurate information about the benefits of switching to them, this possible new standard could hurt tobacco growers, retailers and wholesalers, is unfair to adult tobacco consumers, and may not be achievable.

    The FDA needs to hear from tobacco growers, as this possible rule could have a major impact on your business, the tobacco-growing industry, and our entire economy.

    If you are concerned about this possible rule, please provide your comments to the FDA.  When you leave your comment, remember to tell the FDA:

    • There are currently no combustible tobacco products on the market today that meet the unreasonable restriction the FDA is considering, making this possible rule a de facto ban on all cigarettes currently on the market.
    • This possible new standard would be particularly burdensome, if not impossible, for tobacco growers and their employees.  It would hurt my business as well as the viability of other tobacco growers across the country, which will have a negative impact on our entire industry and the economy of the regions in which we operate.
    • Such a drastic regulatory change would hurt growers – planting, cultivating and harvesting would all be affected as the FDA’s proposal would render all tobacco plants grown today obsolete and unusable. Many tobacco growers are small, family businesses and would face real difficulties implementing and affording this change.  

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

    A copy of your comment will also be sent with the accompanying top note to your federal legislators encouraging them to get involved.

     

    Take Action

  • Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Retailers and Wholesalers

    Tell the FDA: Potential Rule on Flavored Tobacco Will Hurt Tobacco Retailers and Wholesalers

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently accepting public comments on a potential rule that would severely restrict or even ban menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco and e-vapor products. 

    The FDA needs to hear how this rule would hurt tobacco retailers and wholesalers, as well as our entire economy.   

    If you are concerned about this proposed rule, please provide your comments to the FDA. When you leave your comment, remember to tell the FDA:

    • Menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco and e-vapor products make up a significant portion of my daily sales—and adult tobacco and e-vapor consumers often buy other products when purchasing tobacco. Moreover, tobacco and e-vapor retailers and wholesalers drive economic activity, provide jobs, and support local communities. Banning menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products could hurt my business and threaten the larger economy.  
    • Such a drastic regulatory change could create serious potential implementation problems for retailers and wholesalers, including how to phase in restrictions, what to do with restricted products currently in stock, and other issues of practicality.
    • Potential flavor restrictions infringe on adult tobacco consumers’ right to purchase the legal tobacco products they prefer. It’s just another example of the federal government trying to regulate and dictate adult consumer behavior and choices via. Rather than reduce choice, the government should be expanding it – focusing on giving adults access to a wider choice of less harmful tobacco products, including flavored products.
    • We all agree that kids should not use any tobacco product, and access to tobacco products, including flavored products, should be strictly limited to adults.  FDA should impose reasonable restrictions like prohibiting the use of children’s cartoon characters or trademarked candy brands in the marketing of flavored tobacco products.  Such restrictions would still recognize that many adults prefer flavored products.

    COMPLETE THE FORM TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TODAY!

     

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  • Tell Jackson: A Massive Cigarette Excise Tax Hike Hurts Retailers and Wholesalers

    Once again, politicians in Jackson are targeting adult tobacco consumers with a massive tax increase in order to fund statewide projects – this time, for maintenance of the state’s roads and bridges – that benefit everyone. Not only is this unfair to your adult customers – who already pay more than their fair share in taxes – but it would threaten your business and hurt your bottom line.

    Our legislators in Jackson need to hear from tobacco retailers and wholesalers like you so they understand the tremendous impact this proposed tax hike would have on local businesses. Speaking out takes 30 seconds—take action today!

    CLICK BELOW TO SEND A MESSAGE TO JACKSON!

     

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  • Speak out against the Worcester flavored tobacco restriction

    The Worcester City Council is debating the ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in virtually all stores.

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

    Your voice matters. Tell your city officials to SUPPORT RETAILERS!

     

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  • Richmond: Help stop unfair tobacco regulations!

    The Richmond City Council wants to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes. This regulation goes too far!  

    If passed, adult customers would travel to competitors in nearby towns to purchase their preferred tobacco products  – while there, they may also buy other products that your store depends on!  This measure hurts Richmond businesses and hits your bottom line. 

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


    Feel free to edit the letter below and then press “Send” to deliver the message to your City Councilor today! 

     

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  • Help Stop Unfair Cigarette & Vapor Taxes in Rhode Island!

    Once again, Rhode Island lawmakers are trying to burden adult tobacco consumers with higher taxes as a means to fund new government programs.

    If passed, Rhode Island’s cigarette excise tax would increase from the current $4.25 per pack to $4.50 per pack! Vapor products would also be subject to a brand new 80% tax.

    This tax increase is bad for business and will hurt your bottom line.  

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

     

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  • Help Stop Austin Politicians from Increasing the Legal Age

    The Austin City Council 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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  • Help Stop an Unfair Tobacco Tax in New Jersey!

    First legislators proposed a menthol ban, now the New Jersey legislature is considering a budget proposal that would hike taxes on dip, cigars and vapor products.

    This combination of tax hikes and the proposed menthol ban would devastate responsible retailers that sell tobacco products!   

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

     

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  • Alameda City: Help stop unfair tobacco regulations!

    The Alameda City Council is considering banning flavored tobacco products, menthol cigarettes, and is even considering other overly restrictive tobacco regulations. These proposals are unfair!

    The regulation of tobacco products already occurs at the state and federal level, so banning the sale of flavored tobacco and menthol cigarettes disregards the legitimate preferences of adult tobacco consumers. This measure hurts your business and your bottom line. 

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

     

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  • Pomona: Tell your council member to oppose more tobacco regulations!

    The Pomona City Council is considering the adoption of a tobacco retail licensing ordinance that may ban the sale of flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes, and establish a cigar minimum pack size. These regulations go too far!

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

    Your voice matters. Tell your City Council Member to VOTE NO!

     

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  • Redondo Beach: Tell your council member to oppose harmful tobacco regulations!

    The Redondo Beach City Council is considering adopting a tobacco retail licensing ordinance that may ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and establish a cigar minimum pack size. These regulations go too far!

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

    Your voice matters. Tell your City Council Member to VOTE NO!

     

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