General Assembly 2020 Tobacco Related Bills

HOUSE BILL 93 – Flavored tobacco products; sale or distribution prohibited, civil penalty.

Prohibits the sale or distribution of flavored tobacco products.

HOUSE BILL 356 – Child labor; employment of children on tobacco farms, civil penalty.

Prohibits any person from employing a child under the age of 18 to work in direct contact with tobacco plants or dried tobacco leaves unless (i) the owner of the farm or other location at which such work is conducted is the child’s parent, grandparent, or legal guardian or (ii) the child’s parent or legal guardian has consented in writing to such employment.

HOUSE BILL 489 – Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act; prohibitions on smoking; satellite facilities.

Adds satellite facilities to the list of places where smoking is prohibited.

HOUSE BILL 578 – Smoking in motor vehicle with a minor present.

Expands the group in the presence of whom it is illegal to smoke in a motor vehicle from minors under the age of 8 to any minor.

HOUSE BILL 1073 – Kory parent education by school boards.

Requires each school board to annually provide parents of pupils in grades kindergarten through 12 information regarding the health dangers of tobacco and nicotine vapor products.

HOUSE BILL 1119 – Tob Flavors Bill

Prohibits the sale, distribution, offering for sale or distribution, or causing the sale or distribution of flavored tobacco products.

HOUSE BILL 1120  and  SENATE BILL 852 – Tob Tax Bill

Provides that tobacco products would be subject to tax at rates of $1.80 per pack of cigarettes or 39 percent of the wholesale price for all other tobacco products. The bill broadens the definition of “tobacco product” to include electronic smoking devices, which are not taxed under current law. The bill authorizes all localities to tax all tobacco products with no restriction on the tax rate. The bill dedicates portions of revenue to the Department of Health; to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth; the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; and to the general fund.

HOUSE BILL 1283 -Registration of tobacco products retailers; purchase, possession, and sale of tobacco products.

Registration of tobacco products retailers; purchase, possession, and sale of tobacco products. The bill prohibits any person from selling any tobacco product at retail (i) without first obtaining a permit from the Department of Taxation and (ii) at a location within 1,000 feet of a youth-oriented facility, defined in the bill. The bill prohibits Internet sales of tobacco products, except to a permit-holding retailer, and prohibits the sale of tobacco products from vending machines. Removes previous penalties regarding purchase, purchase, or possession. Includes “nicotine vapor products” in the definition of tobacco products.

HOUSE BILL 1365 – Manufacture, sale, or distribution of imitation nicotine vapor products; penalty.

Prohibits the manufacture, sale, or distribution of any imitation nicotine vapor product.

HOUSE BILL 1570 – Possession of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products.

Provides an exception to the law prohibiting possession of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, or alternative nicotine products by a person less than 21 years of age when such possession is part of a scientific study being conducted by an organization for the purpose of medical research to further efforts in cigarette and tobacco use prevention and cessation and tobacco product regulation, provided that such medical research has been approved by an institutional review board pursuant to applicable federal regulations or by a research review committee.

SENATE BILL 952 – High-nicotine vapor products; specialty retail facility; penalty.

Prohibits the sale of nicotine vapor products that contain more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter at retail except at a retail facility that generates at least 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of tobacco products; nicotine vapor products, including liquid nicotine; and alternative nicotine products. The bill provides that any person who violates this prohibition is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.