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Maine Legislators Introduce Bill To Raise Tobacco Tax 305%

The state of Maine has seen House Bill LD 1028 introduced that seeks to raise the tobacco tax on cigars 305%. In the state of Maine cigars are currently taxed at a rate of 20% of the wholesale price, the new proposal would change that to 81%. Under the new bill a cigar with an MSRP of $10.00 which currently retails in Maine at $12.00 would climb to an insane $18.10. The bill is sponsored […]

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Maine Representative Introduces Beverage Bill For Cigar Lounges

Maine State Representative Matthew Harrington (R-Sanford) has introduced a bill that calls on the common sense of the Maine Legislature. Currently in the state of Maine it is illegal for a cigar shop to sell any type of beverage be it alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Bill LD 343  / H.P. 269 would change that  by allowing cigar lounges to serve beverages. According to the summary of the bill, “This bill allows a tobacco specialty store to […]

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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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Cigar Legislation Week In Review Volume XX

Each week we share some of the news that comes across our desk about upcoming legislation.. This week we have stories from California, Kansas, Maine, New York and Vermont. California – By unanimous vote, Nevada City Council on Wednesday passed the first reading of an ordinance that tightens regulation on the sale of tobacco products in town via The Union Kansas – In Leawood, city leaders unanimously voted to raise the tobacco purchase age […]

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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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Sagadahoc County, ME Smoking Ban

In Sagadahoc County, Maine it will become illegal to light up in most of the county beginning September 1st. The county has decided to ban all tobacco including e-cigarettes on all country property including parking lots and in vehicles parked on county property. The move was first reported by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Sagadahoc County is located northeast of Portland Maine along the seacoast and extending inland.

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