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Wednesday, 02 March 2011

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There are currently two bills seeking approval that would create the tax cap on cigars in New York. Bill A01093 caps the state imposed tax on cigars at $1 per cigar. It is sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker. The second bill, SB3410, proposes a tax cap of 75 percent of the wholesale price or $1 per cigar, whichever is less. At this time, the 75 percent tax rate has no dollar limit. SB3410 is sponsored by Senator Martin Golden and Senator Tom Libous.

Both bills are under review, and you can bet that many cigar fans in New York are hoping to finally hear some good news. If you live in New York, you can voice your support of the bills by contacting the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.

Honduras enacts tough smoking ban

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If you love to smoke and are planning a trip to Honduras, think twice before you light up. The Central American nation recently put a new smoking ban into play that not only bans smoking in public places, but also allows family members to call the police if they object to smoke in their homes. According to the Associated Press, the new ban makes Honduras just the 29th member nation of the World Health Organization to adopt such a law.

Under the new law, smoking is prohibited in most enclosed public and private places, including public transportation, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, schools, stadiums, cultural centers, and gas stations.  Businesses in violation of the smoking ban could face fines of $1,000 to $6,000. Any smokers that wish to smoke in open areas must be six feet away from non-smokers.

The law does not specifically ban smoking at home, but it does give family members or others the right to call the police and file complaints of secondhand smoke. Violators would be given a warning on the first offense. Repeat offenders could be arrested and forced to pay a $311 fine, which is the monthly minimum wage in Honduras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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