Our customer Josh Offermann wrote to Maryland Senator Chris West asking him to oppose the proposed 86% (!) cigar and pipe tobacco state tax increase and to also oppose the potential complete BAN
on cigars and pipe tobacco in our state. We are pleased to say that Senator West has heard our voices and is on the side of small business. Mr. Offermann then continued the conversation, as
Thank you for your response. I would like to also call attention to the true consequences of these bills; while there is a clear financial impact, that is quite literally the least of the
concerns. I would ask law makers to examine the local industry and the people behind it. These are not billion dollar corporations, or malicious entities stealing money from the people. These are
Mothers and Fathers. These are small family owned businesses that bring more than a product to Marylanders, they form communities and lifelong friendships. How many industries in Maryland continue to
support our troops overseas with care packages to bring some feeling of “home” to the battlefront, despite increased regulation? How many industries in Maryland stand by their customers’ side as they
experience major life events such as weddings and deaths and herd a community of people to support their customer base? How many industries in Maryland lose countless hours of their time to create a
second home for their customers without ever asking for anything in return? I cannot name another; can you?
I urge you, Senator, to not look at the bills, but to look at the people. In today's political environment that is something that has been lost, and we rely on you, our elected official, to not
only defend our rights and liberties, but to protect us against factious and unjustified claims.
I invite you to the family owned business where I frequent to meet the people; not the statistics, or the malicious claims, but the people that make this so much more than a bill.
This one made Finnie mist up. Thank YOU, Josh, for being a part of our Humidour Family -- and thanks to all our Humidour Cigar Shoppe family who have generously taken their time to help us fight
for our second-generation small business. Please keep spreading the word.