Tennessee HB 113 would force all businesses that sell tobacco products, in any form, to obtain a tobacco sellers license. This kind of regulation raises the bar needed for a small business to start and opens the door to new regulations and taxes that could be imposed through licensees in the future.
The focus of the bill is vapor products, and is obviously the intended target for these additional regulations. The Tennessee legislature should prioritize other issues facing the state instead of putting new requirements on small businesses that are struggling in the midst of the pandemic. This bill is still in its early stages of development so we encourage you to take action and make your voice heard!