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NotThe1
01-19-2009, 10:02 AM
Tobbaco Users (and others against unfair burden and regulation)... Take note
A friend of mine got a "roll your own" machine recently, because it's dramatically cheaper than buying packs of cigarettes. They are easy to use, and you can control what goes into your cigarette (getting tobacco with no additives or organic tobacco, etc) Anyway she sent me this last night, an email from the place she buys tobacco:

Subject: Note For Custom Blends Customers - Federal Tax Increases

To All Custom Blends Customers:

House Bill HR2 (Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009) has been introduced in the United States
House of Representatives, and sadly, once again, tobacco users are in the crosshairs. Now, generally speaking, we have no problem with helping to provide medical coverage for uninsured children - our main issue concerns the funding changes in this bill, because removing "Pay as you Go" knocks a funding hole in this program that the additional taxes on smokers can't fill. And the unfair tax increases for roll your own smokers are heavy - our customers should read on, this will unfortunately affect you. Some Details of this Federal Tax Hike: Effective date April 1, 2009

* The prepackaged cigarette tax rate goes from $.39 per pack to $1.00 per pack. This is in addition to your respective State taxes.
* Snuff taxes go from $.585 per pound to $1.50 per pound.
* The tax on pipe tobacco is raised from $1.0969 per pound to $2.8126 per pound.
* The tax on Roll Your Own tobacco will increase from $1.0969 per pound to $24.62 per pound (yes, $24.62 per pound.)

Additionally the definition of Roll Your Own has been "expanded" to include cigar wrappers such as "blunt wraps". The tax change to small cigars (such as Deans Flavored cigars in the 20 packs) will be phased in over a five year period.
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