posted on Jul, 7 2012 @ 11:28 AM
I haven't bought a pack of cigarettes in almost 2 yrs after switching to rolling my own by hand. Not only is it less expensive, but now if I run out
and I bum a smoke from someone I can taste a huge difference between the two, not saying it is more healthy to buy and smoke RYO, but it certainly
tastes like less additives are in it.
Actually when I went to the local shop such as the one being discussed the lady had a petition on the counter and briefly described what was
happening. Thing was it was full already and didn't have anymore room to sign. Then I saw this article today and now I know what is happening.
This bill will have implications for people who opt to buy loose tobacco and use the machine in the store to roll the cigs for them. Other
possibilities include owners of these stores going out of business by mandating they get a manufacturers permit to operate the machine.
“This law is not designed for people to comply with,” said Phil Acordino, president of RYO Machines, which began manufacturing roll-your-own
cigarette machines in 2008.
“It’s designed to put these people out of business," he said. "They couldn’t get a manufacturer’s permit if they wanted to.”
"Proponents of the new law and critics of roll-your-own shops say the stores take advantage of a tobacco tax “loophole” that Congress
unintentionally created in 2009, when lawmakers boosted taxes on ready-made cigarettes to a much higher rate than that of loose tobacco."
This lead to a large number of mom and pop stores popping up that sold primarily loose tobacco versus package cigarettes.
The tax difference led to a flood of mom-and-pops that started selling loose tobacco, instead of major cigarette brands. Around 1,000 stores in 42
states installed roughly 2,000 roll-your-own machines, according to RYO Machines.
Well I guess I'll have to start buying online or go to the little shop down the street and buy all the cans available before it goes out of business.
Also makes you wonder how many people these places employ across the U.S. that may find themselves without work...
Roll Your Own Cigarette Stores going up in
edit on 7-7-2012 by Daedal because: added source