S. 1461 will work with H.R. 1639
To Protect your Passion for a Great Cigar
By Glynn Loope, Executive Director
Cigar Rights of America
Amidst all of the chaos in Washington, DC this week, a quiet but amazingly significant action took place that goes to the heart of insuring your ability to have a great cigar, and that will work to protect the production, distribution, selling and enjoyment of cigars across the nation.
Two members of the United States Senate proved this week that as broken as Congress can seem, there is still the ability to protect freedom from activist federal bureaucrats that want to instill a new era of prohibition in America – the prohibition of tobacco products, and specifically cigars.
Two U.S. Senators proved that bi-partisan cooperation can work for this passion we share, much less work to protect a significant cornerstone to the economic foundation of their State of Florida. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-FL, and US Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL came together and introduced S. 1461 as the companion bill to H.R. 1639, so that the Senate legislative process can now consider the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act .
They know what this industry not only means to Florida, but to America. They know that small family owned professional tobacconists from Boston to Seattle are part of the community fabric, represent thousands of jobs, for a product not addictive, nor marketed to children, and enjoyed for leisure by adults. In other words, not any of the reasons Congress passed and the President signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Regulating cigars simply goes beyond any legislative intent. H.R. 1639 and now S. 1461 clarify that point.
This week, the CRA Board of Directors and staff met in Washington, DC, and subsequently made calls on members of Congress in an effort to advance this legislation. In cooperation with industry allies such as the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association, progress is being made against those dedicated to the prohibition of tobacco.