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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2701         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2593

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jonathan Hecht

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to reduce youth tobacco consumption.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Jason Lewis

 

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Russell E. Holmes

6th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2701        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2593

By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2593) of Jonathan Hecht and others for legislation to increase the tobacco excise tax, supplement the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund and reduce youth tobacco consumption.  Revenue. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to reduce youth tobacco consumption.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 1.  The second paragraph of section 1 of chapter 64C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words “snuff, snuff flour and any other tobacco or tobacco product prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing, including, but not limited to cavendish, plug, twist and fine-cut tobaccos‟ and inserting in place thereof the following words:– “any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means other than smoking, or any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, including, but not limited to, snuff; snuff flour; cavendish; plug and twist tobacco; fine-cut and other chewing tobacco; shorts; refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco, and other kinds and forms of tobacco; but does not include cigars, cigarettes, or smoking tobacco as defined in chapter 64C.  ‘Smokeless tobacco’ excludes any tobacco product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product, as a tobacco dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is being marketed and sold solely for such an approved purpose.”

              Section 2.  The definition of “smoking tobacco” in subsection (a) of section 7B of chapter 64C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the words “roll-your-own tobacco and pipe tobacco and other kinds and forms of tobacco suitable for smoking‟ and inserting in place thereof the following words:– “roll-your-own tobacco and pipe tobacco and other kinds and forms of tobacco, or substance that contains tobacco, suitable for smoking, and ‘smoking tobacco’ shall additionally include tobacco leaf, tobacco sheet, or any substance containing tobacco which is suitable for rolling or wrapping tobacco or any other substance for smoking‟.

             

              Section 3.  Said section 7B of said chapter 64C of the General Laws is hereby further amended by adding the following subsection:–

              (m) In addition to the excise imposed by subsection (b), an excise shall be imposed on all cigars weighing more than 3 pounds per 1,000 units and not more than 12 pounds per 1,000 units held in the commonwealth at the rate of 80 per cent of the wholesale price of such product. In addition to the excise imposed by paragraph (b), an excise shall be imposed on all smoking tobacco held in the commonwealth at the rate of 90 per cent of the wholesale price of such product.

              Section 4.  The final sentence of subsection (a) of section 7C of chapter 64C of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the words “twenty-five per cent‟ and inserting in place thereof the following words:– “45 per cent‟.

              Section 5.  Section 7C of chapter 64C of the General Laws is hereby further amended by adding the following subsection:-

              (d) Any change, henceforth, to the state excise tax rate for cigarettes shall cause a commensurate adjustment in the state excise tax for all other tobacco products under chapter 64C.  For purposes of this subsection (d), the term “commensurate adjustment” shall be determined by dividing the change in the state cigarette excise tax by the total cigarette excise tax prior to that change, and the resulting percentage change shall be applied to calculate the commensurate adjustment to the state excise taxes for cigars, smokeless tobacco and smoking tobacco.  There shall be no negative commensurate adjustments, and the said rate for each tobacco product each shall be adjusted independently of the other such product categories under chapter 64C. The change in cigarette excise tax and commensurate adjustments shall have the same effective date.

              Section 6.  (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all additional revenue resulting from the enactment of sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of this Act, as estimated by the commissioner of revenue, shall be deposited in the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund established pursuant to section 2G of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as amended by chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012.

              (b) The funds directed to the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund pursuant to paragraph (a) shall be allocated for programs and activities consistent with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing and reducing tobacco consumption, including but not limited to engaging youth in educating their communities and exposing tobacco industry tactics; monitoring the retail environment for compliance with local and state laws and to document tobacco industry advertising and pricing strategies; promoting smoking cessation resources including those offered through MassHealth's smoking cessation benefit; providing training and technical assistance to healthcare providers to ensure that smokers have opportunities to receive brief interventions and medicines and are referred to behavioral counseling; enforcing the Commonwealth's smoke-free workplace law; ensuring children and other vulnerable people are not exposed to secondhand smoke; and conducting interventions to reduce smoking among high risk populations including veterans, pregnant/parenting women, people with disabilities, people with mental illness, people in recovery from addiction and low-income smokers.

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