Australia Heavily Taxing Cigars and Hurting Cigar Smokers
I’m sure that many of you have heard about the group Cigar Rights of America. They are a bunch of cigar lovers, including some of the biggest names in the industry, who are going around trying to fight for the rights of cigar smokers everywhere.
I’m glad you asked. Here’s the answer from CRA’s blog:
Australian cigar writer Samuel Spurr reports on the impact of taxation and legislation on the Australian cigar industry.
“The Australian cigar community faces some of the most stringent government legislation and taxation in the world. It continues to push ahead though, despite such intervention. Current American freedoms must be appreciated and fought for, for the sake of fellow cigar lovers around the world. The threat posed by anti-smoking groups and government taxation and legislation must not be slept on.”
Imagine a government tax of US$122 per pound of tobacco. Attendees at events such as Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Big Smoke’ and the IPCPR’s annual trade show can no longer enjoy cigars as smoking is illegal at all indoor venues. Tobacco advertising is banned, and manufacturers cannot sponsor corporate, community or sporting events. Cigar enthusiasts cannot light up in their favourite cigar shop, whilst smoking at some public parks and beaches is banned.
This is not an imagined scenario for Australian cigar suppliers, retailers and consumers. This is current state of tobacco taxation and anti-tobacco legislation and all involved with premium tobacco have had to deal with such government taxation and legislation for the better part of the last 20 years.