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Proposed Federal Tobacco Tax Could Result in 50% Increase in State Taxes & Retail Prices

Massachusetts could see moist snuff rise to more than $20 a can, according to the Tax Foundation. WASHNGTON, D.C. — While no tax hikes are set in stone, a proposal to increase the federal excise tax for tobacco products could have a dramatic impact at retail. The Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021 would close tax code...

Federal tobacco tax hike will do more harm than good

The current spending package being spearheaded by congressional Democrats could be a truly transformational achievement, solving many of the systemic and near-term problems facing the American people. However, many of this bill’s benefits could be entirely counteracted if lawmakers include a provision called the Tobacco Tax Equity Act. This bill, first introduced last spring, has flown...

USA: Proposed increases is tobacco taxes will hurt PA communities | Opinion

Congress is currently moving forward with aggressive policies that will significantly increase the federal tax on all tobacco products. This misguided policy won’t encourage smoking cessation, as it intends, but in fact it will cause more people to smoke, invite new criminal enterprises, and stoke racial division in our communities. Further, when you look...

USA: Tobacco control advocates encouraged by FDA announcement to ban menthol cigarettes

A late-April announcement that the Food and Drug Administration is moving to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars in the United States is sparking hope for tobacco control and smoking-cessation advocates. Michael Cummings, Ph.D., a researcher at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and a tobacco control expert, believes it is a step in the right...

D.C. Council votes to ban sale of flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes

A divided D.C. Council voted Tuesday to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the District, including menthol cigarettes. The 8-to-5 vote came after a lengthy debate in which legislators who opposed the ban — and even some who favored it — raised concerns that the law could create opportunities for Black smokers to...

USA: Advocates welcome federal step to ban menthol cigarettes

Smoke-free advocates are applauding a recently proposed federal ban on menthol cigarettes, while calling on area cities to pass their own bans sooner. The Food and Drug Administration announced last week it would take steps to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes over the next year. It was a long-awaited response to a petition submitted by public health...

USA: FDA Moves To Ban Cigarettes And Flavored Cigars

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is moving to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, based on the evidence of the addictiveness and harm of the products. Tobacco companies have long targeted African Americans with advertising for menthol cigarettes. "Banning menthol — the last allowable flavor — in cigarettes and banning all flavors...

Tobacco Stocks Drop as U.S. May Curb Nicotine in Cigarettes

Tobacco stocks plunged after a report said the U.S. government may only allow cigarettes with nicotine levels so low they’d no longer be addictive, and may also move to ban menthol. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule on menthol cigarettes by the end of the month under pressure from a deadline...

USA: Groups renew effort to have certain tobacco products banned

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a growing effort to ban menthol cigarettes, which anti-smoking advocates said are intentionally marketed to children and minority communities. More than a dozen organizations first signed a petition to have menthol cigarettes banned in 2013. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is under a court order to respond to that push after...

Biden Should Choose Science over Politics and Embrace Tobacco Harm Reduction

Will the new Biden administration choose science over politics? The commandment to “believe science” has become a rallying cry, one echoed by Joe Biden during his presidential campaign when he promised to “choose science over fiction.” If that is true, his new administration should embrace tobacco harm -reduction, a public health strategy that, instead...