SB 233/HB 3 Good News
Critical Victories in Maryland
On March 13th we put the call out to all of our Maryland customers and friends on social media to participate in a grassroots email campaign to save industry -- and you came through!
After an intense lobbying effort by PCA’s lobbying team and our Maryland members, we are pleased to report that premium cigars and pipe tobacco were exempted from the drastic tax increase to 70% on other tobacco products. Premium cigars will remain at 15% and pipe tobacco at 30%.
Additionally, the tobacco sales ban legislation disguised as a flavor ban, presuming all products to be flavored if they have ever been described as having a distinguishable taste or aroma, did not pass this session.
THANK YOU to everyone who contacted your elected officials to amend S.B. 3 and H.B. 3 / S.B. 233. We are grateful to our customers, our social media friends, our fellow Maryland retailers, the Premium Cigar Association, and our representative who all worked so hard to make this happen.