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Why the CRA is the cigar smoker’s “Tea Party”
The organization is involved with more than just taxes, too. According to its mission statement: CRA is a consumer-based, non-profit public advocacy organization that works at the local, state, and federal level of government to protect the freedoms of cigar enthusiasts.
Together, with our constituency of nationwide members, we focus our fight for freedom in these core areas:
- Oppose Restrictive Smoking Bans
- Government Regulation of Cigars
- Oppose Taxation of Cigars
- Policy Measures Relating to Cigars
Just as The Tea Party was influential in electing Republicans to the House and Senate in the November 2010 elections, Cigar Rights of America has been successful at getting a number of States to make exceptions for casinos, restaurants and/or bars, curtail the amount of tobacco tax increases, or keep tax increases from passing entirely. They don’t always win every fight, but they sure know how to shake things up. Beginning in May of last year, they launched a campaign program called “Smoke The Vote 2010 Grassroots Network.”
According to the Smoke The Vote press release,”This will be the first national effort to truly impact elections on November 2, 2010, from the cigar enthusiast perspective. It’s a process. We may not change every seat we wish, but it starts – now.”
Activism is as American as apple pie and baseball. Were it not for the dedication of CRA to pounce on these state-to-state issues and help cigar smokers all over the country maintain their right to continue enjoying cigars, things would be a lot tougher out there. The proof can be seen in their 2010 CRA Report Card.
“We are actually in the process of updating and need to add a lot more ‘wins,'” added Mr. Berman.