Governor passes roll-your-own cigarette bill

Friday, May 25, 2012, Vol. 36, No. 21

NASHVILLE (AP) — A measure that requires roll-your-own cigarette retailers to pay a licensing fee and tax and adhere to certain restrictions has been signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Pipe tobacco, a popular product of roll-your-own retailers, is not listed on the state attorney general's directory of tobaccos. The legislation requires tobacco the retailers use in their machines to come from the directory.

It also requires the retailers to pay a cigarette tax and an annual $500 licensing fee for each roll-your-own machine used.

The measure passed the Senate 25-2 and was approved 67-13 in the House.