The Cigar Rights of America (CRA) is an organization dedicated to protecting your rights as a cigar smoker. I highly encourage any and all cigar smokers to join the CRA unless of course, you don’t give a hoot about the government taking away your right to smoke cigars. Below is some general information provided by CRA. You can join the CRA by visiting http://www.cigarrights.org.
FIGHTING FOR THE FREEDOM TO ENJOY FINE CIGARS
- “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”
- “Land of the Free”
- “No Taxation Without Representation”
These are the principles on which America was founded. Unfortunately for cigar enthusiasts, the age-old pleasure of enjoying a cigar is under attack. On a daily basis, your freedom to enjoy a cigar is being stripped away by an overzealous, anti-smoking movement. Their tactics are varied; be it through supporting onerous cigar taxes or lobbying government for restrictive smoking bans. The anti-smoking movement will stop at nothing short of the complete prohibition of tobacco.
The Declaration of Independence of the United States ensures that all men and women have the freedom and the right to the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, cigar enthusiasts have slowly allowed these rights to be removed. Over the past twenty years, the anti-tobacco movement has broadened their reach and scope and are moving towards abolishing ALL forms of tobacco including cigars. Until recently there has essentially been very little organized opposition to their actions. And why should there have been? Most of us assumed that their attention was directed towards cigarettes.
Unfortunately, we were wrong. Here’s the facts…
- All 50 states in America have some form of smoking ban and local, state, and federal governments are working to pass more-restrictive legislature.
- Additionally, 48 states in America have enacted cigar taxes. Some states have gone as far as taxing cigars at a rate of 75%.
- On February 4, 2009, President Obama signed the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) which raised the federal excise tax on cigars to 52.75%.
Cigar Rights of America (CRA) was founded on the principle of fighting for the freedom to enjoy cigars.
CRA is a consumer-based, non-profit public advocacy organization that works at the local, state, and federal level of government to protect the freedoms of cigar enthusiasts.
Together, with our constituency of nationwide members, we focus our fight for freedom in these core areas:
Oppose Restrictive Smoking Bans
Government Regulation of Cigars
Oppose Taxation of Cigars
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