Senator Dziedzic introduces bill to close “Man Can” tobacco tax loophole

On April 17, Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL, Minneapolis) introduced a bill that would close the “Man Can” loophole. For more information about Man Cans see our earlier post on the topic (New Smokeless Tobacco Products Use Bulk Packaging to Avoid Taxes). Click here to see the full text of the bill:https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?version=latest&session=ls89&session_number=0&session_year=2015&number=sf2099 Advertisements

New Smokeless Tobacco Products Use Bulk Packaging to Avoid Taxes

By BETSY BROCK Moist smokeless tobacco brands such as Longhorn and Kayak have a new packaging scheme to avoid Minnesota’s minimum moist smokeless tobacco (MST) tax. As of Jan. 1, 2014, a minimum tax is applied to MST products. These products are taxed at 95 percent of wholesale price with a minimum tax of $2.90… Continue reading New Smokeless Tobacco Products Use Bulk Packaging to Avoid Taxes

Direct Mailing Project Updates

The Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR) conducts research on tobacco industry web and mail marketing with funding from ClearWay MinnesotaSM.  The project began in 2010.  Today, the ANSR archive contains thousands of examples of these types of marketing.  The tobacco industry uses these types of marketing to build relationships with consumers.  By building relationships, tobacco companies… Continue reading Direct Mailing Project Updates

Child-resistant Packaging: New Law in Minnesota

By CHRIS FARMER-LIES  A new Minnesota state statute went into effect on Jan 1, 2015 that requires electronic nicotine liquid (e-juice) to be sold in child-resistant packaging. Vermont and New York also require childproof packaging. E-juice is primarily comprised of propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and nicotine. It usually comes in fruit and candy… Continue reading Child-resistant Packaging: New Law in Minnesota

Two New Studies Highlight Impact of Minnesota Tobacco Tax increase

By BETSY BROCK Two recently published studies provide findings about the impact of the substantial 2013 Minnesota tobacco tax increase. The first study measured the tobacco industry response to the tax increase.  Results are published in Tobacco Control (Brock B, Choi K, Boyle RG, Moilanen M, & Schillo BA. January 6, 2015) in a paper… Continue reading Two New Studies Highlight Impact of Minnesota Tobacco Tax increase