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

Minneapolis Adopts Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products

By BETSY BROCK The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on July 10 to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products other than menthol to adult-only tobacco shops. The Council also increased the price of cigars to $2.60 apiece. Several other cities in Minnesota, including Maplewood, Bloomington, Saint Paul, and Brooklyn Center, have adopted policies that… Continue reading Minneapolis Adopts Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products

Minnesota Legislative Update

The Minnesota Legislature is in full swing and several tobacco -related bills have been introduced. Bills under consideration: S.F. 1836: Sen. Hayden (D-Minneapolis) authored this bill that would allocate funding for the Minnesota Department of Health to partner with community organizations to evaluate and develop strategies to address the high use of menthol cigarettes among… Continue reading Minnesota Legislative Update

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

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