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Streamline Tax Collection and Support AB 389

Streamline Tax Collection and Support AB 389

Nevada State Representative John Ellison has introduced A.B. 389, which revises provisions governing the imposition and payment of the tax on certain tobacco products. This bill revises provisions governing the collection and payment of the tax to: (1) remove the...

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Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Kansas

Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Kansas

The Kansas House of Representatives Committee on Taxation has introduced H.B. 2428 which would raise the level of taxation on all tobacco products, and specifically would raise the OTP (Other Tobacco Products) tax on premium cigars, from 10% to 55% of the wholesale...

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Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Indiana

Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Indiana

Indiana State Representative Julie Olthoff introduced a bill (HB 1434) which would raise the wholesale tax on premium cigars and pipe tobacco by 15%! The bill is now pending before the Ways and Means Committee. State Rep. Olthoff believes tax increases are necessary...

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Streamline Tax Collection and Support AB 389

Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Cap Increase in Minnesota

Minnesota Representative Jennifer Schultz (DFL) has introduced HF 1721 which represents a threatening attack on the Minnesota small businesses that sell premium cigars, and the premium cigar industry as a whole. HF 1721 takes the .50 cent tax cap and raises it to...

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Oppose Federal Tax Increase on Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco in Illinois

Oppose Georgia Premium Cigar Tax Hike

HB 670 is a proposed bill that would greatly affect premium tobacconists to operate. This bill, if enacted, would raise the tobacco tax that is on cigars from 23% of wholesale to 40% of wholesale. This outrageous increase must be opposed to help protect Georgia...

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Oppose Federal Tax Increase on Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco in Illinois

Oppose Georgia Premium Cigar Tax Hike

HB 394 is a bill that was introduced to the Georgia State Legislature recently. This bill, if enacted would amend standing state code regarding the taxation of tobacco products including premium cigars. This bill proposes changing the tax rate on premium cigars from...

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Oppose Federal Tax Increase on Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco in Illinois

Oppose Smoking Employment Discrimination

Kentucky State Senate John Schickel, R-Boone, has introduced S.B. 256, allowing employers to discriminate against those that use legal tobacco products. The bill would remove protections traditionally afforded employees, in the same sections that prevent...

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Oppose Federal Tax Increase on Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco in Illinois

Reopening Michigan Cigar Lounges

This week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services arbitrarily and suddenly issued a proclamation banning smoking in cigar lounges throughout the state. They did this using COVID-19 as the motivating factor, even as cases have fallen to their lowest...

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Montgomery County Cigar Lounge Reopening

Montgomery County Cigar Lounge Reopening

In 2020, PCA members were faced with a variety of restrictions, new mandates, and even full business closures. In some states and localities, this has continued in the New Year due to the pandemic. The association has put together a variety of guides and resources to...

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Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Indiana

Baltimore City Cigar Lounge Reopening

In 2020, PCA members were faced with a variety of restrictions, new mandates, and even full business closures. In some states and localities, this has continued in the New Year due to the pandemic. The association has put together a variety of guides and resources to...

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Montgomery County Cigar Lounge Reopening

Support Montana HB 285

Summary of Montana H.B. 285 This measure provides for the operation of cigar bars in the state, clarifies that a "cigar bar" is not a "bar", and provides a definition for "cigar". This measure provides that an all-beverage licensee may operate a cigar bar. A cigar bar...

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Montgomery County Cigar Lounge Reopening

Oppose HB 113 in Tennessee

Tennessee ​HB 113 would force all businesses that sell tobacco products, in any form, to obtain a tobacco sellers license. This kind of regulation raises the bar needed for a small business to start and opens the door to new regulations and taxes that could be imposed...

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Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Indiana

Oppose HB 97 and SB 95 in New Mexico

If enacted, HB 97 and SB 95 would allow for municipalities to enact regulations as they see fit. This means that from town to town in New Mexico the selling of tobacco could look very different. And in some cases, municipalities could see that no retailers can operate...

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Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Indiana

Oppose HB 1893 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma HB 1893 is amending current legislation that was enacted in 2011. The amendments that are proposed aim at curtailing youth access to tobacco products. We at the Premium Cigar Association keep a close eye on the FDA inspection reports that highlight youth...

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Montgomery County Cigar Lounge Reopening

Oppose Anti-Small Business Legislation In Oregon

Oregon is considering HB 2071 which would provide the ability for local governments to regulate tobacco products. This legislation would allow cities and muncipalities to enact regulations and ordiances that could further restrict the legal sale of tobacco products to...

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Support Cigar Lounges and Bars in North Dakota

Support Cigar Lounges and Bars in North Dakota

HB 1152 is being considered in North Dakota that would provide cigar bars and lounges an exemption to smoking bans within the state. This legislation would provide regulatory certainity to owners and operators of existing premium cigar lounges and validate the...

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Streamline Tax Collection and Support AB 389

Oppose Public Smoking Prohibitions in Florida

Florida SB334 if enacted, would make smoking of any kind unlawful in all state parks as well as grant the power to restrict outdoor smoking in any county or municipality owned parks and beaches, as the municipalities see fit. If enacted, this bill would take your...

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Oppose Federal Tax Increase on Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco in Illinois

Oppose HB 266 in Missouri

Missouri HB 266 (HB 2275 [2020]) allows local governments throughout the state to propose tax increases on tobacco products. Introduced by Missouri Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, the bill would allow for each locality to have a different tobacco tax level. By...

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Oppose Premium Cigar Tax Hike in Indiana

Oppose Anti-Small Business Legislation

Two members of the Kentucky legislature have introduced companion bills that would allow local governments to establish tobacco control ordinances and regulations, that are more strict than that of the Commonwealth. Kentucky Senator Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville is...

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Oppose Federal Tax Increase on Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco in Illinois

Oppose Flavor Ban in Indiana

Indiana State Representative Carolyn Jackson introduced a bill (HB 1076) which would ban sales of flavored tobacco products. The prohibition includes the sale of flavored tobacco products and components that contain an overly broad term “characterizing flavor”. This...

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