Saturday, August 16, 2008

If every premade cig brand was tax-free....

a carton of Newports would be only 15 bucks. I'm sure almost EVERY smoker in my community would love that price.

And if every commercial brand was additive-free, then more people (and even more teens) would start smoking. Of course, the reason why 60% of USA adults smoked 4-6 decades ago is cause antismoking poisonanda neva existed.

Would antis like the idea of someone trying to sell tax-free cigs, let alone make natural cigs? Of course not. They wanna get their money via tobacco taxes.

I dunno if I'd call buying Native cigs "tax evasion." But if natural cigs were a lot more common, it would be very tough for antis to convince smokers to quit smoking a brand of cigs that are a lot betta for the individual smoker.

While the price is good, the quality of natural menthols is what I like the most about smoking Native cigs.

A Newport tasted gross afta me spent time smoking cigs I made myself. While they don't taste gross, Newports don't taste too minty afta I spent a few days smoking natural menthols.

Luckily for antis, Native brands ain't reallly advertised, which means a smoker in my community will find it tough to find a REAL menthol especially without net access. I neva heard of Native-made cigs til I came across info on Seneca cigs off of the net earlia this year.

A lot of bro/sis smokers might be surprised to find out the actual numba of cig brands out there.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Seneca Nation to Lobby Against Tax Bill

Here's some news in relation to smokers who prefa smoking tax-free Native American cigs.


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Senecas to lobby against tax bill

Tribe to make case with governor's office against measure approved by Legislature on tobacco sal

ARTICLE LINK


By JAMES M. ODATO, Capitol bureau
First published: Thursday, August 14, 2008

ALBANY -- Seneca Nation of Indian leaders plan to lobby Gov. David Paterson's office today in an effort to block the Legislature's latest attempt to tax sales of tobacco products by American Indian tribes.

The Legislature recently passed a bill aimed at taking away tribal stores' competitive advantage and bringing in an estimated $400 million annually to the state. It would bar manufacturers from selling unstamped -- or untaxed -- cigarettes to any agent who has not provided a certification, under penalty of perjury, that the cigarettes will not be resold untaxed.

For the meeting in the Capitol, the Seneca Nation is sending its attorney general, Robert Odawi Porter, and members of its foreign relations committee, including tribal council President Richard Nephew and J.C. Seneca, operator of Native Pride Smoke Shop, a gasoline station in Irving, Chautauqua County, that also sells tobacco products.

The Albany mission comes after a major meeting between tribal officials and Seneca retailers Wednesday.

"Why do the Indians have to carry the burden of the poor spending habits that happen in Albany?" said Tracie Brown, operator of VIP Gas in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County. She said the tribal politicians have to convince Paterson not to go along with the legislation, which they say will ruin the Seneca economy and hurt western New York.

The Seneca say their tobacco sales top $313 million a year, 60 percent of it from Internet sales and tourists. That money, they say, goes back into the economy off-reservation.

"While millions of unstamped cigarettes flow into New York state every year under the noses of state legislators, especially in New York City, the Seneca Nation stamps all its cigarettes and its vendors collect a fee from customers that supports Nation government programs," Nephew said, adding that 1,000 jobs could be lost under the proposed law.

Paterson won't say if he'll veto the bill, which the Assembly has yet to send to him. "The legislation is currently under review and we're seeking input from interested parties," said Errol Cockfield, a spokesman for the governor.

Lawmakers are seeking the tax collections to help shore up the state's finances. Legislators also say the law is a way to get the state Tax Department to honor tax laws that require collection of sales and excise taxes on sales of tobacco products to non-Indians at Indian stores.

James Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores, said the bill passed by the Assembly in June and the Senate last week is "watered down" compared to the original version. As a result, he said, the attorney general and other authorities would not be able to crack down on violators.

The Tax Department, he noted, still hasn't issued coupons to tribal stores that would let Indian customers purchase cigarettes tax free, which was supposed to happen more than two years ago.

"I would like to see more teeth in the legislation," Calvin said. "It relies on the Tax Department to take an affirmative step to do something, to create a form for wholesale distributors to use to show they do not sell untaxed cigarettes to the tribe."

The Tax Department has been holding off on enforcement because of gubernatorial directives to disregard enforcement pending negotiations with the tribes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My new pic, and my reviews on Native-made cig brands

If you've been reading my blog for a very long time but neva came across a pic of myself, here's a more recent smoking pic of myself.

To view my pic, CLICK THIS.

And for the record, I'm also a new active poster at the Black Hawk Tobacco Shop Forum.

There you will find my reviews on some Native American-made brands me have tried so far. These are natural cig brands....they're additive free, chemical free and FSC-free in otha words. Native-made cigs have nothang but 100% tobacco in each cig. Native American cigs are almost like a premade version of cigs you can make/roll yourself.

Of course, a carton of Native-made brands are a heck of a lot cheapa than a (as Melissa from Black Hawk calls them) "chemical cig brand carton."

I will say on here Black Hawk FF Menthols make a good Newport alternative. And Black Hawk Menthol Ultra Lights don't really taste like "airy cigs" unlike most of the more common light/ultra light brands. I can actually taste mint and smoke while dragging and inhaling drags from a Black Hawk Menthol Ultra Light.

Hospital Smoking Ban Amended (Denver)

Here's an article that's good to read for the smokers' side of the battle.

ARTICLE LINK

I agree smokers littering the sidewalks with cig butts is one reason why a hospital smoking ban wouldn't work....let alone smokers dropping butts in flower pots being gross.

Sounds like city councils areslowly starting to see the truth on banning smoking anywhere. Aside from smokers getting the 2nd class treatment, if you force smokers outside, then they gonna end up littering sidewalks with their butts outside since there ain't ashtrays outside.

That B in the article who pushed for the hospital ban claims sick people need to be safe when entering the hospital. Honey, those people who smoke outside of hospital doorways are good people. Not homeless people who are street smokers. So what should an ailing person be worried about when walking past and smelling smoke?

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Hospital-smoking plan amended
By Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 08/12/2008 01:09:42 AM MDT

The Denver City Council decided Monday that a proposed smoking ban in
areas surrounding hospitals was contentious enough that the proposal
should be approved only on a trial basis.

At the urging of Councilman Charlie Brown, the council agreed to
amend the proposal so that the law would be automatically repealed in
two years and reconsidered then.

Brown said he feared the proposed smoking ban in the public rights of
way surrounding hospitals would push smokers to clog residential
areas.

"People are worried smokers will be putting out their cigarettes in
their flower pots," Brown said.

Councilwoman Carol Boigon had pushed the proposal and expressed
frustration at the amendment.

"Sick people need to be able to come into hospitals safely," she
said.

Boigon argued that science has established smoking is harmful. She
said hospitals had requested the ordinance, which would establish a
$300 fine for those smoking in the right of ways, such as sidewalks
and medians, surrounding hospitals.

The council approved Brown's amendment on an 8-7 vote. The council
then agreed to vote on the final amended version next week.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Peoria editorial on tobacco

Here's an editorial from Peoria on tobacco regulation.

EDITORIAL

This person hints me should be happy the FDA is not gonna ban bacco and nic outright. OOOOO WOW!!! I'd be happier if the regulation didn't include banning the flava of cigs me loves the most.

Even if the regulation included banning tobacco outright, I'd have to look into getting imported menthols from across the Atlantic if I have to with an online friend's help.

Banning menthols wouldn't include foreign-made menthols. So that idea of me receiving imported menthols from a "secret source" (who doesn't live in the USA) would have to work if even menthols get banned in this nanny country.