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.

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R.J. Reynolds Markets New “Smokeless” Cigarettes

By CHRIS FARMER-LIES R. J. Reynolds, the second-largest tobacco company in the United States, began test-marketing a new type of smokeless cigarette in Wisconsin. Revo is a rebranding of Eclipse, which was originally test-marketed from 1994 to 2005. The first phase of the product was Premier, which  was originally released in 1989. All products use… Continue reading R.J. Reynolds Markets New “Smokeless” Cigarettes

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