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issues in focus

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.