Feds finalize new tobacco rules

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced sweeping regulations for hookah, little cigars, dissolveables, and electronic cigarettes, in addition to the federal agency’s existing power over cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.

2013 tobacco tax keeps on giving

Minnesota’s tobacco tax went up by 10 cents and the sales taxes on cigarettes went up by two cents on Jan. 1, 2016. In 2013, the legislature increased the cigarette tax by $1.60, and set in place an automatic inflator that increases the tobacco tax every year in line with inflation. At $3 (plus $0.54 in sales tax), Minnesota now has the seventh-highest cigarette tax. Each pack also has a $1.01 federal tax per pack.

CDC: Adult smoking rate at a historic low

The Centers for Disease Control announced today that the adult smoking rate has dropped, continuing a six-year downward trend. According to the National Health Interview Survey, the current adult smoking rate is now 15.2 percent, down from 16.8 percent in 2014. The national smoking rate peaked in 1965, when about 42 percent of adults were… Continue reading CDC: Adult smoking rate at a historic low

RJ Reynolds and Lorillard Merge

By CHRIS FARMER-LIES  Reynolds American (RJR) and Lorillard have merged after nearly a year of negotiation, combining the second and third largest tobacco companies in a $27 billion deal. British American Tobacco will remain the largest single shareholder in the newly-merged company, which might threaten Altria’s (formerly Philip Morris) decades-long dominance over the industry. While… Continue reading RJ Reynolds and Lorillard Merge