Exclude Premium Cigars from the S​.​411 MOMMA's Act

Exclude Premium Cigars from the S​.​411 MOMMA's Act

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Privada Cigar Club started this petition to Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]

S.411 - MOM­MA’s Act Should EXCLUDE Premium Cigars. Privada Cigar Club members and the Cigar smoking community would like to have premium cigars excluded from S.411. Premium Cigars are a craft, not a commodity and will add no major incremental funding to the MOMMA's Act research. The idea that premium cigars can warrant federal taxes is absurd and predatory. The amount on premium cigars smoked in this country is in the single digit percentage of both vape and cigarettes. This is a small niche group of passionate cigar culture enthusiasts. Creating federal taxes and acts to impose federal taxes upon this community is simply taking advantage of a small group of hobbyists who's voice is not loud enough to truly be heard and who's pockets are not deep enough to fund federal research. Cigars are not the enemy. Cigars are not inhaled and are not responsible for anywhere near the amount of health issues that vaping and cigarette tobacco can be blamed for. The cigar community is evolving. We are becoming more educated as to where our tobaccos come from, the people who make the cigars and the techniques involved. These tobaccos are not treated. Health studies done on cigar smoking have shown no major increase in health risks for premium cigar smokers. Furthermore premium cigars are already priced between $7 and $30 with the average cost being around $10. Children are not buying cigars. Premium cigars are not being used by youth in any manner. The products that constitute premium cigars are hand rolled and not available in places people under 21 typically congregate or patronize. There is a craft engaged upon when creating hand rolled, premium cigars from seed to box that is comparable to any art form. This act will begin to degrade cigar culture, destroying thousands of jobs here in the United States of America. It will also slow cigar sales. Stores will close. Taxes will be lost. Jobs will be lost. Cigar Culture will diminish. Cigar culture is one of the most diverse cultures we have in this country. No where else can you find people of all walks of life, races and religions, converging over a non intoxicating experience. Cigars unite people. Please do not tax us anymore than we are already or this too will be lost. #weareprivada #botl #sotl

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