Section 1 of the bill makes legislative findings. Section 3 prohibits a cigarette, tobacco product, or nicotine product (product) retailer from selling, offering for sale, advertising for sale, displaying, or marketing in the state any flavored product, and section 2 defines flavored product as a product imparting a taste or smell other than the taste or smell of tobacco. A retailer, manufacturer of products, or employee or agent of a retailer or manufacturer of products engages in conduct creating a rebuttable presumption that a product is a flavored product if the person makes a public statement or claim, uses text or images, or takes other action directed toward consumers indicating that the product has a taste or smell other than the taste or smell of tobacco.Section 4 imposes the same penalties for selling, offering for sale, advertising for sale, displaying, or marketing in the state any flavored product that apply to unlawful sales of products to minors.Section 5 amends the definition of product to include products containing synthetic nicotine, and section 2 defines synthetic nicotine as nicotine derived from a source other than tobacco.Section 6 directs the prevention services division in the department of public health and environment (department) to convene a working group to develop, implement, and administer a grant program to award 2-year grants to applicants who are able to provide evidence-informed and individualized wrap-around services in communities disproportionately impacted by targeted tobacco and nicotine marketing and sales or by increased or minimally improved tobacco-use and nicotine-use prevalence rates. Section 6 also directs the general assembly to appropriate $10 million from the general fund to the department for the grant program.
HB22-1064, Prohibit Flavored Tobacco Regulate Synthetic Nicotine is sponsored by three Democrats and one Republican. Sponsors are Representative Kyle Mullica (Democrat), Representative Jennifer Bacon (Democrat), Senator Rhonda Fields (Democrat), and Senator Kevin Priola (Republican).
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