Current Trends in "Roll-Your-Own" Tobacco Regulation

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The "roll-your-own" tobacco (RYO) industry has exploded in recent years. While the recently enacted federal transportation reauthorization bill takes an important step by classifying retailers who make RYO machines available to consumers as tobacco manufacturers, it solves only part of the combustible, loose tobacco product problem. State and local governments can play an important role in closing remaining RYO loopholes.

Our webinar discusses the widespread growth of the RYO tobacco industry and its economic and public health impacts. We  provide a national overview of RYO legislation, including a discussion of the federal transportation bill and various state and local regulations. We also explain the remaining gaps in federal and state law, specifically the tax disparity between RYO and so-called pipe tobacco, highlight the experiences of localities in Massachusetts, and explore ways in which state and local governments can regulate RYO machine operators.

This webinar has already occurred. Please use the resources below:

Webinar Slides [PDF]


  • Thomas Carr, Director, National Policy, American Lung Association
  • Ann Boonn, Associate Director, Research, Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids
  • Cheryl Sbarra, Counsel, Massachusetts Association of Local Health Boards