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House of Representatives Passes HR 2339

Less then 24 hours after passing a resolution the House of Representatives voted on HR 2339. The vote came less than 12 hours after the Office of Management and Budget issued a statement against the support of the bill. The bill which disguises itself as a preventive measure for youth vaping would cripple the cigar industry if it passes. Contained in the bill is language that would ban non face-to-face tobacco sales and it defines […]

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Office of Management and Budget Against HR 2339 – Bill That Would Ban Online Cigar Sales

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a resolution that cleared the way for a vote on HR 2339 that is expected to happen today February 28th, 2020. The vote is expected to pass the legislation on to the Senate, however the Office of Management and Budget released a statement against the bill. The letter states, The Administration opposes H.R. 2339. The Administration is encouraged by legislative efforts to protect American youth from the harms of […]

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The Ban of Online Cigar Sales One Step Closer To Reality

Earlier today The United States House of Representatives voted on HR 866 which provides consideration of the bill HR 2339 which would amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which with respect to the sale and market of tobacco product. This is a bill that would make changes to the cigar industry that will cost jobs, ban online cigar sales, put people out of business and remove free choice from the people. HR 866 […]

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FDA Begins Enforcing Tobacco 21 – NATO Press Release

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets has sent an email to its members denoting the FDA has stated that they are enforcing the Federal Age 21 Purchase Law immediately. The press releases goes on to say… As reported this past week President Trump signed into law a federal government funding bill (U.S. House Bill 1865) that contains a provision raising the legal age to purchase any kind of tobacco product to 21 years of age. […]

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Senate Passes 2020 Spending Bill Which Includes Tobacco 21 *Update*

For the past couple of years states and cities have taken it upon themselves to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21. In the midst of the impeachment hearings, the 2020 Budget was crafted in the dead of night. Included in this document which was over 2,300 pages long was a measure that would raise the tobacco purchase age to 21. The budget which now heads to the desk of President Donald Trump will remove […]

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Cigar Tax for On-Line Sales Set to Take Effect – A David Garofalo Editorial

CIGAR TAX FOR ON-LINE SALES SET TO TAKE EFFECT Editorial by David Garofalo This whole thing began with the growth on the internet and the 1992 Supreme Court case Quill Corp. v. North Dakota,  that determined due to the constitutional law, states could not collect sales taxes from purchases made by their residents from out-of-state vendors that did not have a physical presence within that state, barring legislation from the United States Congress that would allow them to […]

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New Hampshire State Budget To Include Tobacco 21 Law

The state of New Hampshire is about to join the list of states with a Tobacco 21 Law. In budget meetings the House of Representatives had included an exorbitant tax on Vape. The Senate then in turn wanted to lower the tax to make the state competitive with surrounding states. In turn, the House agreed to a lower tax in exchange for Tobacco 21 legislation. A committee of House and Senate lawmakers will put the […]

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Connecticut Governor Signs Tobacco 21 Bill Into Law

You can now add Connecticut to the list of states that have raised the Tobacco purchase age to 21 as Democrat Governor Ned Lamont signed HB 7200 into law. The bill had passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 124-22 and the Senate with a tally of 33-3. The new law will see those who sell tobacco to those under 21 fined $300, with a second offense of $750 and a third offense […]

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Texas Raises Tobacco Purchase Age To 21

The state of Texas has raised the tobacco age to 21 with Republican Governor Greg Abbott signing Senate Bill 21 into law. The bill had the support of the company JUUL who took full-page advertisements in state newspapers in support of the measure. Altria, the parent company of Nat Sherman Cigars owns a 35% stake in the e-cig company. The bill which takes effect on September 1, 2019 passed the House of Representatives by a […]

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Maryland Governor Signs Tobacco 21 Bill

You can now add Maryland to the growing list of states that have raised the tobacco purchase age to 21. On Monday May 13th, Maryland Republican Governor signed a bill raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the state to 21-years-old with an exemption for active members the military. HB 1169 passed the House with a vote of 101-35 and the Senate with a vote of 32-13. The new law goes into effect October […]

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