Cigar Ordering Ban on the internet!!
update --- 1.21.2004
YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ORDER CIGARS BY MAIL IN THE NEAR FUTURE! More of our freedoms are being taken away from us everyday. If we do nothing we will be able to do nothing in the future... Take action!!!!!
As early as tomorrow, the House Judiciary committee will be considering House Bill HR2824. In fact, this bill is listed to be considered for mark up tomorrow, Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 10AM on their website at:
Why is this important? Because its sister bill, S1177, which has already passed in the Senate eliminates your right to order cigars by mail!
The House Bill #HR2824 does NOT presently contain the "cigar" and "all tobacco products" language as contained within the Senate bill. Neither the Senate bill, nor the House bill have anything to do with cigars, it is all about combating cigarette counterfeiting, but that didn't stop someone in the Senate from sneaking in the cigar related references that were added at the very last moment. If it could happen in the Senate, it definitely could happen again in the House...
So it is critical that we let the House Judiciary Committee know to NOT add “cigars” and “all other tobacco products” provisions to their House Bill HR2824 as were added to the Senate Bill at the last moment. Because if they do, "our goose is cooked,” and mail order cigars will become illegal!
Below is a list of the Congressmen on the House Judiciary Committee who should understand our plea to keep cigars and non-specific “tobacco product” references out of HR2824.
They are scheduled to consider this bill tomorrow, so we are asking everyone that does not want their right to receive cigars via mail order to contact the House Judiciary Members listed below immediately.
It is critical that all cigar smokers e-mail, phone, or fax these representatives and request that “cigars” and “all other tobacco products” NOT BE ADDED TO HR2824.
House Judiciary Committee:
Spencer Bachus, Alabama
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
Rick Boucher, Virginia
John Carter, Texas
Steve Chabot, Ohio
Howard Coble, North Carolina
Tom Feeney, Florida
Jeff Flake, Arizona
J. Randy Forbes, Virginia
Bob Goodlatte, Virginia
Mark Green, Wisconsin
Melissa Hart, Pennsylvania
John Hostettler, Indiana
Henry Hyde, Illinois
William L. Jenkins, Tennessee
Ric Keller, Florida
Steve King, Iowa
Mike Pence, Indiana
Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Virginia
F. James Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin
Lamar Smith, Texas
Melvin L. Watt, North Carolina
Below is a form message you may want to copy and send. Please feel free to write your own, we just wanted to make this as simple as possible. Whatever you do, please make it fast! We cigar smokers are running out of time and we need to make our voices heard!!!
The Honorable _________________
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
On December 9, 2003, the U.S. Senate cut a last minute deal to ban all sales of cigars through the U.S. mail. This provision was quietly slipped into the cigarette anti-counterfeiting bill (S.1177), even though the rest of the bill had nothing to do with cigars. The House Judiciary Committee will soon consider its version (H.R.2824) of the same bill.
I need you to keep cigars out of this bill! There is not a counterfeit cigar problem in this country. There is not a youth cigar smoking problem in this country. This is another example of a big government solution in search of a problem that does not exist. Please do the right thing and don't let the federal government tamper with my right to receive legal cigars through the mail.