Cigar Q & A
Why shouldn’t cigars be taxed like cigarettes?
Cigars are a product for adults and the tax system shouldn’t be used by any level of government as a way to punish adult consumers for the choices we make. No industry, including the cigar industry, should be singled out for taxing for political reasons. And it seems clear that the rhetoric supposedly justifying the targeting of cigars is largely based on innuendo and anecdote.
First, cigars are not cigarettes. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Most cigarette smokers smoke every day. In contrast, as many as three-quarters of cigar smokers smoke only occasionally, and...read more
How can the average citizen defend cigar rights in their community?
It’s unfortunate that we even need to be discussing how to “defend” your right to smoke a cigar. The very thought is enough to make our founding fathers roll over in their graves. But make no mistake. The sad fact is that as a consumer, you must be involved with the politics of the cigar business if there’s any hope at all of this time-honored tradition surviving long enough for you to celebrate the birth of your child (or grandchild) by puffing on your favorite cigar.
As we speak, the CAA is actively fighting against the Marketplace Fairness Act, the federal legislation that would...read more
Why is there any confusion about the difference between little cigars and cigarettes?
There’s a big difference between little cigars and cigarettes. But as the Cigar Association of America (CAA) has found in our work across the country on legislative and regulatory advocacy for cigar businesses and consumers, the differences are obvious to everyone but some in the anti-cigar community, working to create confusion among state legislators by falsely claiming the two products are identical.
Little cigars have been sold in the U.S. for more than a century and in fact have been taxed by the federal government almost as long. Like cigarettes, little cigars must comply with...read more
I like having the choice to enjoy a flavored cigar. What’s CAA’s take on the controversy?
Flavorings have been used in the cigar industry since at least the early 1500s and are still one of the ways cigar manufacturers provide adult consumers a variety of choices. The popularity of fruit and other flavors among adult consumers is not unique to tobacco and is easily observed in other adult product categories like coffee and spirits.
Flavored cigars defy conventional spin in a couple of ways.
First, flavorings are not confined to the less-expensive, non-premium sector of the cigar market. As an article in Cigar Aficionado noted back in 2005, “flavored products are...read more