2019 RHODE ISLAND TOBACCO LEGISLATION

Listed below are ALL the 2019 Rhode Island Bills that have anything to do with tobacco and/or nicotine.
Tobacco Free RI does not take a position on any of them.

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Tobacco Tax

House Bill No. 5151
(Governor)
BY  Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2020

Senate Bill No. 20
BY  Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LITTLE CIGAR TAX (Requires little cigars tax be imposed in the same manner as cigarette tax with twenty-five percent (25%) of revenue applied to smoking cessation programs and that little cigars be sold in packs of twenty (20) or more.)

Senate Bill No. 127
BY  Quezada, Ciccone, Euer, Goodwin, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALE AND USE TAXES -- LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (Imposes 1% state tax on sale of hookah tobacco/vaping devices, accessories/supplies/replacement parts & 1% local hookah tobacco/vaping devices tax to be used by cities/towns for education of persons of the dangers of hookah tobacco/vaping device usage.)

House Bill No. 5581
BY  Williams, Shanley, Diaz, Almeida, Alzate
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALE AND USE TAXES -- LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (Imposes 1% state tax on sale of hookah tobacco/vaping devices, accessories/supplies/replacement parts & 1% local hookah tobacco/vaping devices tax to be used by cities/towns for education of persons of the dangers of hookah tobacco/vaping device usage.)

House Bill No. 5394
BY  Azzinaro, Shekarchi, Corvese, Edwards, Kennedy
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - CIGARETTE AND OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX (Permits cigarette distributors to have partial rolls or sheets of unused tax stamps redeemed by the tax administrator for ninety-eight percent (98%) of their face value.)

House Bill No. 6106
BY Tobon, Barros, Diaz, Johnston, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- CIGARETTE AND OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX (Establishes the smokers' health assistance fund by imposing a fifteen cent ($0.15) surcharge on cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices.)


Pharmacies

Senate Bill No. 306
BY  Valverde, Miller, Goldin, Lawson, Paolino
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PHARMACIES (Authorizes a licensed pharmacist, who successfully completes a course on tobacco cessation therapy, to prescribe and dispense tobacco cessation drug products to a qualified patient pursuant to rules adopted by the board of pharmacy.)

House Bill No. 5558
BY  Tanzi, Fogarty, Cortvriend, Carson, Hawkins
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - PHARMACIES (Authorizes a licensed pharmacist, who successfully completes a course on tobacco cessation therapy, to prescribe and dispense tobacco cessation drug products to a qualified patient pursuant to rules adopted by the board of pharmacy.)


Raising Age of Sale of Tobacco to 21

Senate Bill No. 462
BY  Coyne, Ruggerio, Lombardo, Sosnowski, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- TOBACCO AND NICOTINE PRODUCTS--CHILDREN (Provides certain restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, enhance the definition of "tobacco products", and raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine-delivery systems from 18 to 21 years of age.)

House Bill No. 5603
BY  Tanzi, Caldwell, Cortvriend, Millea, Cassar
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- TOBACCO AND NICOTINE PRODUCTS--CHILDREN (Provides certain restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, enhance the definition of "tobacco products", and would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine delivery systems from 18 to 21 years of age)


Regulating the Sale of Tobacco Products Locally

Senate Bill No. 449
BY  Felag
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Authorizes the town of Warren to enact ordinances for the purpose of regulating the sale of tobacco, flavored tobacco products, electronic vaporizer devices and liquids used in electronic vapor devices.)

Senate Bill No. 729
BY  Crowley, Sheehan, Nesselbush, Quezada, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- LOCAL TOBACCO CONTROL ACT (Allows for cities or towns to require local licensing of any person, firm or corporation, engaged in the general business of a tobacco retailer.)

House Bill No. 5830
BY  Maldonado, Ucci, Barros, McNamara, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- LOCAL TOBACCO CONTROL ACT (Creates a comprehensive resolution scheme for cities and towns to follow concerning the sale and control of tobacco in their communities.)

House Bill No. 5850
BY  Knight, Speakman
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Authorizes the town of Warren to enact ordinances for the purpose of regulating the sale of tobacco, flavored tobacco products, electronic vaporizer devices and liquids used in electronic vapor devices.)

 

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