A Fight For Small Business

A friend of mine owns a wine/tobacco shop outside Atlanta Georgia. It’s called the Tinder Box in Alpharetta, GA. He says that the bill described below could literally put him out of business. He said that last year Congress raised the price of tobacco by imposing a federal tax, then they outlawed the sale of Clove/flavored cigarettes (Seriously?). Now they are doing something even more ridiculous and dangerous to a small business like his wine shop. The following is the text to the petition and then follow the link to sign it!

H.R. 4439, the Tobacco Tax Parity Act of 2010 was introduced on January 13, 2010 and would raise the tax on pipe tobacco 775% from $2.8311 to $24.78 per pound.

Introduced by Representatives Steve Cohen (Dem., TN) and Lloyd Doggett (Dem., TX), it has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee of which Mr. Doggett is a member.

I am writing to express concern about this bill.

I want you to vote NO to H.R. 4439.

This bill punishes pipe smokers and retail tobacconists. It will destroy an industry of pipe craftsmen, small farmers, tobacco blenders and retailers. Pipe smoking is an historical, time-honored tradition in America that goes back to colonial days.

This is nothing more than an attempt to rope in taxes from roll-your-own cigarette tobacco. The roll-your-own industry has re-labeled cigarette tobacco as pipe tobacco to be taxed at a much lower rate.

This is not the way to fix that problem. For those of us that enjoy real pipe tobacco, this is unfair. A tax increase of 775% on anything is ludicrous. This will kill many small businesses and an historical tradition.

Many honorable people smoked a pipe including; State Senator Millicent Fenwick, President Gerald R. Ford, General Douglas McArthur, Albert Einstein and many more.

The signers of this petition are telling the congressmen and senators that we want them to vote NO on H.R. 4439.

Sign the petition here!

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