New Bill Introduced In Congress That Could Ban Online Cigar Sales

A new bill has been introduced in Congress that could change how cigars are sold. The new bill proposed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would modify the Jenkins act that would lead to the ban of all internet cigar sales.

The bill which is entitled Youth Vaping Prevention Act of 2019 would modify the Jenkins Act which was last modified in 2009 when it became illegal to mail cigarettes across state lines. If H.R. 293 is passed it would remove an exemption that allows for cigars and other tobacco products to be sold across state lines.

The extensive bill would also change the how cigars are taxed on a federal level which is currently capped at 40.26 cents per cigar. Under the new taxing plan, cigars would be taxed at a $24.78 per pound with a minimum of 5.033 cents. However, most cigars would see the tax doubled and tripled depending on the weight of the cigar which can vary based on the blend and size.

The bill which can be seen below has been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R. 293 on Scribd