Cigar News: The number of bills affecting cigars will continue to increase and why you should have a CRA Membership.

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Cigar Rights of America (CRA) is the first and only consumer-based public advocacy group fighting to protect the individual rights to enjoy premium cigars. Over the past twenty years, the anti-tobacco movement’s reach has broadened, and your ability to enjoy premium cigars and freely participate in a relaxing, social activity has been continually regulated and restricted.

Current opposed cigar-related bills:

  • Florida SB 670 – Ban Smoking in public parks & beaches (Oppose)
  • Florida HM 1093 – Urges Congressional Delegation to support a premium cigar exemption (Support)
  • Hawaii SB 2101 – Calls for a $0.50 tax cap on premium cigars (Support)
  • Hawaii HB 2348 & SB 2904 – Proposes to ban premium cigar sales in the state (Oppose)
  • Hawaii HB 2507 – Proposes to increase the purchase age of cigars to 25 (Oppose)
  • Kentucky SB 98 – Proposes to remove employment anti-discrimination provisions on cigar consumers (Oppose)
  • Kentucky HB 32 – Proposes to increase the rate of taxation on premium cigars from 15% to 27.5% (Oppose)
  • Maryland HB 732 & SB 3 – Calls for an increase in the rate of taxation on premium cigars from 15% to 86% (Oppose)
  • Michigan SB 58 – Makes cigar tax cap permanent (Support)
  • New Hampshire SB 478 – Allows on-site food service in cigar shops (Support)
  • Oklahoma HB 3384 – Expands smoking ban in the state (Oppose)
  • Pennsylvania HB 2298 – Proposes to ban smoking at cigar shops and cigar bars (Oppose)
  • Vermont SB 288 – Proposes to ban premium cigar sales in the state (Oppose)
  • West Virginia – Proposes to increase the rate of taxation on premium cigars from 12% to 50% (Oppose)

Thanks to the CRA for all of their efforts and initiatives with keeping us informed and in the know.

What can you do? 
Membership in CRA adds your voice to the fight against tax increases and smoking bans. Members receive real-time updates on pending cigar legislation and have access to tools that allow them to effectively advocate for their rights as premium cigar enthusiasts.
Check CRA’s Legislative Action Center on the CRA website to stay current and to take action by contacting members of your state legislature.
Please visit CRA’s guide to contacting your local representatives on any and all issues.

Keep it Smokey, My Friends, and always Informed! 


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