H.R. 4439 – Dead?

dont_tread_on_me Well, seems there is some good new swirling around our little community. It appears that all of the efforts by the pipe smoking community and others may have paid off. The following is a bulletin straight from the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) dated today, Feb. 26, 2010 (Thank You Smokers Forum for bringing this to my attention):

"At this time, H.R. 4439, proposed federal legislation to increase the pipe tobacco tax to the same rate of the RYO tax, has little life or attention in Congress. Lobbyists from the IPCPR the Pipe Tobacco Council (a division of the Cigar Association of America (CAA)), and others have met with key members of Congress to discuss and detail our industry’s opposition to the bill. H.R. 4439 is currently sitting in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways & Means Committee. No hearings or further action has been scheduled at this time nor do we expect any immediate action. Several more meetings are scheduled with Congress in the coming days. "

It seems evident that FOR THE MOMENT, we can continue on in our hobby without fear of being taxed to death. I do urge everyone to continue to be diligent, keep abreast of all that is happening. I think we need to look at this as a lesson that complacency could lead to our downfall. Gone are the days that we can relax with our pipes and puff away without a care in the world. If we want to continue that puffing, we need to be ready for the next attack, and rest assured, there will be another.

You can keep your eyes peeled here for more information, though I know this particular tidbit circulated long before I got a chance to mention it.

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8 thoughts on “H.R. 4439 – Dead?

  1. Justin,

    Thanks for posting this update. I am glad that PipesMagazine.com was able to initiate the rallying of the “pipe troops”, and then everyone with a blog, forum or web site ran with it.

    It is interesting that you used the “Don’t Tread on Me” graphic for this post. I have a new article coming out on Monday as a follow up to this situation, titled, “Don’t Tread on Pipe Tobacco … or Anything Else”. I think it may offend some people in the pipe community, but that’s all I will say for now.

    Maybe you can guess what it is going to say, and I hope you read it on Monday.

    Regards,
    Kevin Godbee
    Owner / Publisher – PipesMagazine.com
    Right Click Media, LLC

    • Kevin,

      I will be sure to read it. I have a feeling I might know what it’s going to say, and my guess is that it’s things I have said before, lol. I look forward to reading it though.

      Justin

  2. I’ve read Kevin Godbee’s article and the comments on it. To set forth the government’s thinking on a subject as the rationale for what they do is not the same as supporting it. Rather, it is the first step necessary for taking constructive action. What they have done in the case of tobacco is to have built up a very complex fence that has included the perversion of science itself in many of its building bricks, using the tools of statistics and the mainstream media as if they were play dough.

    What is needed is not a sledge hammer for taking down this fence brick by brick, but a doctor’s scalpel to make the necessary incisions, one by one.

    Tedious? Yes. But more productive than the same repetitive squeals? Maybe.

  3. Thanks for the update. I even managed to sign the petition, and write in as well in late Jan.

    We must be really small in numbers, as I didn’t even get a Congressional reply on this issue, and they normally reply within a couple of weeks . . .

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