News Alcohol & Tobacco
September 22, 2018
Craft breweries in Illinois may now directly distribute beer to bars and pubs, after decades of being forced to use government-mandated middlemen.
August 14, 2018
The South Boston, Virginia City Council is considering levying a tax on tobacco sales in the city to fund pay hikes for city government employees and pad general revenue.
June 13, 2018
The Alaska Legislature approved a bill that would prohibit the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in privately owned spaces such as bars, restaurants, and taxis.
June 11, 2018
The city of Minneapolis has enacted an ordinance increasing the minimum legal age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products.
May 30, 2018
“Alderman Ed Burke's proposed ordinance is nothing more than preening for moralizing anti-fun busybodies.” - Jesse Hathway
May 14, 2018
Indiana residents are now able to beat the summer heat by purchasing a beer on Sundays, for the first time since 1816.
March 9, 2018
The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) board of directors issued a new position statement on e-cigarettes, stating the products are “less harmful than smoking cigarettes” and recommending “clinicians support all attempts to quit.
March 9, 2018
The Alabama state House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would increase the minimum age for individuals legally to purchase and use tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
February 5, 2018
A bill pending in the Indiana state Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor would allow private employers to terminate employees for using cigarettes and tobacco products during their free time.
January 9, 2018
Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill by Comptroller Peter Franchot that would repeal some of the state’s regulations on craft beer breweries.
September 14, 2017
The Rhode Island Senate Committee on Health and Human Services met in September without considering a bill to add e-cigarettes to the state’s tobacco ban.
August 22, 2017
Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC), a government agency with the stated mission of maintaining “rigorous control” of the distribution and licensing of alcoholic beverages in the state, reversed a ban on restaurants’ margarita sales.
July 27, 2017
A new law will allow Oklahoma voters to vote to roll back local government restrictions preventing sales of wine and liquor on Sundays.
June 9, 2017
A lawsuit challenging a 2016 decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanding its power has been delayed again.
June 9, 2017
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved four bills to reduce restrictions on alcohol and liquor sales.
May 31, 2017
Regulations could prevent smokers from turning to safer options.
May 22, 2017
Following the implementation of a ban on tobacco and e-cigarette use in Novato, California in January, lawmakers in neighboring cities are considering similar bans on tobacco and e-cigarette use in public and private spaces.
May 17, 2017
Jeff Stier, a risk analyst for the National Center for Public Policy Analysis, once signed up for NYC Quits, a government tobacco-control program giving away free nicotine patches and gum every year, out of curiosity.
May 1, 2017
Minnesotans will soon be toasting a new law, thanks to the repeal of 158-year-old legislation preventing liquor stores from operating on Sundays.
April 24, 2017
Connecticut residents may say “cheers” to a proposal in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s (D) proposed budget agenda.
March 7, 2017
In February, lawyers representing the plaintiffs—Legato Vapors, Jet Setter Juice, Rocky Mountain Ecigs, and Derb E Cigs Indiana—filed paperwork asking Barker to “enter the tendered proposed judgment order and permanent injunction.
March 5, 2017
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) wants to raise the state’s excise taxes on cigarettes to help cover a projected state budget gap of $1.7 billion, or about $472 in debt per Connecticut resident.
February 11, 2017
A Florida congressman is proposing a bill to roll back a 2016 power grab by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, revoking the agency’s authority to restrict cigar sales.
January 23, 2017
Trade organizations representing cigar manufacturers and vendors are suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a regulatory expansion the agency enacted in 2016.
December 15, 2016
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed a bill reforming the state government’s restrictions on alcohol sales, allowing consumers to purchase six-packs of beer at privately owned alcohol distributors, such as gas stations.
December 3, 2016
A new cigarette tax approved by California voters in November 2016 will take effect on April 1, 2017, increasing the state’s excise tax on tobacco cigarettes from 87 cents to $2.87 and adding new tobacco-related taxes to e-cigarettes.
November 14, 2016
Colorado voters rejected a proposition on the November 2016 ballot asking for a massive tax increase on cigarettes sold in the state.
November 10, 2016
Lawmakers in Whatcom County, Washington voted to prohibit e-cigarette use on all government-owned property in the county, as well as in privately owned businesses, such as bars, workplaces, and restaurants.
October 14, 2016
Colorado voters will vote on a proposition on the November ballot that would, if passed, impose a huge tax increase on cigarettes sold in the state.
October 12, 2016
According to media reports in Indiana, a state legislator who voted to approve e-cigarette restrictions benefitting a single company is now an employee of that company.
October 5, 2016
Californians will vote in November on whether to increase taxes on combustible tobacco and non-tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, to fund new proposed increases in health insurance subsidies.
September 22, 2016
A health advocacy group is calling on New Mexico lawmakers to increase taxes on alcohol and liquor as a way to improve public health and bolster the state’s budget.
September 20, 2016
New Cigarette Tax Hike Hits Pennsylvania Consumers
August 30, 2016
Two free-market think-tanks are joining a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of new government restrictions on e-cigarettes.
August 25, 2016
Chris Hughes, owner of Fat Cat Vapor Shop, former president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association or SFATA, joins the podcast to to talk about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new deeming rules on vaping.
August 25, 2016
The FDA, which now regulates cigars, has taken the position that “cigar smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking.”
August 17, 2016
State Sen. Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City) is considering launching a ballot initiative to privatize the 125 liquor stores controlled by the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC).
August 11, 2016
West Virginia lawmakers approved excise tax hikes on cigarettes and e-cigarettes in June to help patch a projected $100 million shortfall in the state’s budget.
July 29, 2016
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a last-minute cigarette tax hike enacted in May.
July 11, 2016
California lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban tobacco and e-cigarette use at government parks and beaches throughout the state.
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