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VODCast: How To Retrohale A Cigar

Broadcasting LIVE from the Toscano Cigar Sound Stage in Salem, New Hampshire… His name is known throughout the cigar industry and throughout the halls of the Senate and Congress.  He has been working on cigar blends and our cigar rights like no other Today we are joined by Rocky Patel from Rocky Patel Cigars in the first hour as we smoke the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro. In the second hour of the show we […]

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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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New Hampshire Cigar Tax Defeated & Cigar Bar Redefined

According to a member of the Cigar Association of New Hampshire the bill that proposed the addition of a 65% tax on premium cigars has been defeated by more than a 3-1 margin with many politicians from both sides of the aisle voting against the increase. Additionally, HB 175 passed last week which changes the definition of a cigar bar. The original bill stated, “Does not allow cigarette smoking or service of food on the […]

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New Hampshire Rep  Proposes Removal of Smoking Bans

New Hampshire Representatives Robert Hull (R-District 09) and Lino Avellani (R-District 05) have introduced and sponsored House Bill 279 (“HB 279”) in the General Court that would make changes to the New Hampshire Indoor Smoking Act .  Under the bill, HB 279 would remove the prohibition on smoking public conveyances that are privately owned, as well as restaurants, grocery stores, and cocktail lounges.  In drafting the bill, Representative Hull stated, “It’s a property-rights issue…should the […]

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Cigar Rights of America Issues Legislative Update

The beginning of the New Year marks the opening of state capitols across the nation, as legislative bodies begin their deliberations for 2017. We are only in the opening days of January 2017, and already there are cigar related bills, both positive and negative, in almost a dozen states.  CRA will work to keep you informed of legislation that we need to either support or defeat over the course of the coming weeks and months. With […]

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Legislative Week In Review

Each week we share some of the news that comes across our desk about upcoming legislation.. The week we have a lawsuit in the United States and legislation in Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah and Canada. United States – Altria Group has sued federal health regulators over a portion of the looming FDA regulations that prohibits the use of the word mild for cigars. According to the civil complaint, Altria says the rule violated the […]

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Legislation Week In Review XV

Each week we share some of the news that comes across our desk about upcoming legislation.. This week we have stories from California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. California – The Recreation and Parks Department in Santa Maria will take up the issue of smoking in parks in an upcoming meeting this July. In 2009 the city tried to ban smoking in parks but it was rejected via KEYT3 – https://www.keyt.com/news/Santa-Maria-Works-to-Revamp-Tobacco-Rules/39520978 Massachusetts – In Brockton, the […]

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Legislation Week In Review Volume XIII

Each week we share some of the news that comes across our desk about upcoming legislation.. This week we have stories from Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Oregon. Alaska – A blll that would have banned smoking statewide in workplaces and enclosed spaces won’t pass in 2016 as the bill has been shelved via Alaska Journal https://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-04-20/ledoux-shelves-house-senate-bills-would-ban-smoking-statewide#.VxjPR2OLqAY California – This week East Bay parks will be off-limits to smokers in the […]

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California Bill To Raise Tobacco Age Lands On Governor’s Desk

44 days ago we reported that a series of measures were passed by the California senate. The delay to move the bills to the desk of the Governor came from the same legislative representatives that passed the measure because of a looming threat from an industry lobbyist to run a campaign that would attack unrelated initiative campaigns. The measure to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21 and allow local counties to impose an additional […]

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Legislation Week In Review Volume XII

Each week we share some of the news that comes across our desk about upcoming legislation.. This week we have stories from Alaska, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine and Massachusetts. Alaska – The state Senate passed Senate Bill 1, also known as the “Take It Outside Act” which was sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. The bill which is now making its way through the House of Representatives would restrict smoking in the workplace statewide via Peninsula […]

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