Cigar News

CRA Update from the States and Washington, D.C.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

CRA thanks all of the Florida membership for the calls and emails made to legislators, reinforcing the work of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association, Cigar Association of America, and even non-cigar groups, such as the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association that questioned Florida having a ‘patchwork’ of local ordinances with which to contend. This issue in Florida, will not go away. Let’s keep the pressure against such legislation on, throughout the year.

Massachusetts Tax Increase – A New Battle in Boston
We were still celebrating the news that Boston Mayor Tom Menino was not running for reelection, when word started to flow about a new tax increase proposal in the state house.

Governor Deval Patrick is proposing an increase in cigar taxes by as much as 10%, as a part of a $1.9 billion package for roads and education. The thirst for your tax dollars is unquenchable. The additional disturbing part of this equation is that the leadership of the legislature is supporting Governor Patrick. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray are introducing the measure.

Contact your members of the Massachusetts legislature, TODAY! Say “No More Taxes on My Cigars!”

On a more positive note, CRA is very pleased that Boston Mayor Tom Menino has announced that he is not seeking reelection. Mayor Menino spearheaded the effort with the Board of Health to ban outdoor smoking on restaurant patios, along with a ‘sunset’ on the very existence of Boston’s great cigar bars. That issue needs to be revisited with a new administration.

H.R. 792 Advances in the U.S. House of Representatives
With each passing week since being filed on February 15, H.R. 792 gains strength in Congress, sending a clear message to the FDA: This government has higher priorities than regulating cigars!

Now, 41 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from nineteen states and both sides of the political aisle have come together as co-sponsors, joining the bi-partisan support of Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, and Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Florida.

And on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue…
There are rumblings that the Obama Administration may be proposing a fresh new round of tax increases, and this time on your cigars! Now, the President may want new cigar taxes to go for education programs. SCHIP just wasn’t enough. Fortunately, that’s why there are three branches of government, and such a proposal should meet with strong resistance in the House of Representatives, and hopefully the Senate, as well.

Members of Congress from Florida, Tennessee, Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, Missouri, Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina, Minnesota, West Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, Arkansas and New York have already signed on the line, telling the FDA to stay out of your home and shop humidor.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor news - alec bradley double broadleaf - release - cover

CIGAR NEWS: ALEC BRADLEY CIGAR CO. DEBUTS DOUBLE BROADLEAF EXPERIMENTAL SERIES

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you liked the Alec Bradley Project 40 cigars from their Experimental Series, say hello to the Double Broadleaf–Experimental Series. Calling it, “a flavorful cigar that delivers the extra horsepower our brand advocates have been asking for,” learn more about it here.

Read More
cigar advisor news-toscano extravecchio cigar release-cover photo

Cigar News: Toscano Expands Toscano Extravecchio Cigars to U.S. Market

Reading Time: < 1 minute Smokers of Manifatture Sigaro Toscano’s imported Italian cigars, which include the popular Toscano Antico, Classico, Anno Domini, and Garibaldi, among others, will now be able to purchase the distinctive Toscano Extravecchio cigars in the U.S. Learn more about these fire-cured wrapper cigars here.

Read More
cigar advisor news-gran habano persian king mod type 60 cigar release-cover photo

CIGAR NEWS: Gran Habano Releasing Persian King Type-Mod 60 Cigar

Reading Time: 2 minutes Schedule to arrive in late May of this year, the Gran Habano Persian King Type-Mod 60 is the fourth and newest member of the label’s Persian King selections. The Nicaraguan puro is also rolled to a very unusual figurado shape. Learn more about it here.

Read More
Cigar Questions answered part 24 fan mail CACover

Fan Mail: Your Burning Cigar Questions – Answered (Part 24)

This month, we tackle four premium cigar questions that, if you use our answers, might make you the smartest person in the room – or the bar, anyway. Each Cigar Q&A is in a quick and easy-to-use video format; watch them now and share with your cigar smoking pals!
Read More