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Written by Kevin Godbee

Thursday, 13 November 2008

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If you are a cigar smoker, you most likely know about the SCHIP bill. If not, then briefly it is the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which sounds like a worthy cause. However, like many bills, it has several flaws, one of which is a tax of 44% plus $1 per cigar. A $7 cigar would then cost $11.08. The bill died last year because Democrats didn't have large enough control to override the President's veto. With the new administration, most people believe it will likely pass.

I received this email from the IPCPR, International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association.

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Your trade association, CAA, and members of the industry are aware of the new administration's position on making SCHIP a priority in 2009.

The CAA, members of the industry, the IPCPR Executive Board and our lobbyists have been working with key congressional leaders over the last few months to negotiate a tax plan that would provide the monies needed for the SCHIP and yet keep our industry healthy and taxed at a sustainable level.

Due to the delicate nature of any negotiations the details cannot be disclosed at this time. Even though nothing is ever guaranteed in politics, the people we are dealing with are known for their word. We are constantly in contact with the key players and we will know before any changes occur to the current SCHIP Bill.

Please feel confident that through the IPCPR and their lobbyists, the economic health of the retailers and our industry has been and will be fought for and protected.

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is a not-for-profit trade association organized as the advocate for the independent retail tobacconist and recognized as the "Voice of Authority and Reason" on premium tobacco related issues.

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Cigar-Review.com / Puff.com will keep our readers informed of further developments on SCHIP.




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