MARYLAND ACTION ALERT 🚨 Protect Premium Cigars and Pipe Tobacco from SB 177/HB 134 in Maryland!
Maryland Senate Bill 177 and House Bill 134 ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Maryland. The prohibition is triggered by the existence of a “taste or flavor” that is “distinguishable by an ordinary consumer”. This overly broad term will negatively impact premium cigar and pipe tobacco products to which no outside flavoring is added. Retailers, consumers, and manufacturers will not know from one day to the next whether their premium cigars or pipe tobacco will be banned because someone claimed it had a “taste or flavor” that is “distinguishable by an ordinary consumer”.
This problem can be eliminated by exempting premium cigars and pipe tobacco from the bill. Last year, the Maryland House of Delegates did just that, amending a similar bill which ultimately did not pass. These bills have been assigned to the Maryland Senate Finance Committee and the House Economic Matters Committee.
If you are a Maryland cigar consumer, shop owner, employee, or manufacturer, take a few moments to send your state elected officials a note telling them that premium cigars and pipe tobacco have no added flavors and are not products used to attract young people to tobacco use. Premium cigars and pipe tobacco should be taken out of proposed SB 177 and HB 134.
The Senate Finance hearing is scheduled for January 28th at 1 p.m. and the House Economic Means hearing is scheduled for February 10th at 1:30 p.m, so please ACT NOW to make your voice heard!