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Will E Worm
2012-07-07, 15:39
Roll-your-own cigarette operations to be snuffed out


A tiny amendment buried in the federal transportation bill to be signed today by President Barack Obama will put operators of roll-your-own cigarette operations in Las Vegas and nationwide out of business at midnight.

Robert Weissen, with his brothers and other partners, own nine Sin City Cigarette Factory locations in Southern Nevada, including six in Las Vegas, and one in Hawaii. He said when the bill is signed their only choice is to turn off their 20 RYO Filling Station machines and lay off more than 40 employees.

"We'll stay open for about another week to sell tubes and tobacco just to get through our inventory, but without the use of the RYO machines, we won't be staying open," he said.

The machines are used by customers who buy loose tobacco and paper tubes from the shop and then turn out a carton of finished cigarettes in as little as 10 minutes, often varying the blend to suit their taste. Savings are substantial - at $23 per carton, half the cost of a name-brand smoke - in part because loose tobacco is taxed at a lower rate.

"These cigarettes are different because there are benefits in saving money and in how they make you feel," said Amy Hinds, a partner who operates the Sin City Cigarette Factory at Craig and Decatur.

"These cigarettes don't have any of the chemicals in them, and the papers are chemical-free, unlike the cartons people buy from Philip Morris."

But a few paragraphs added to the transportation bill changed the definition of a cigarette manufacturer to cover thousands of roll-your-own operations nationwide. The move, backed by major tobacco companies, is aimed at boosting tax revenues.

Article (http://www.lvrj.com/business/roll-your-own-cigarette-operations-to-be-snuffed-out-161539845.html)


In a transportation bill? Cheaper and no chemicals. Something is up.

Ron Marlar Jul. 7, 2012 | 10:18 a.m.
So we see how Obama creates jobs.


Bob Higginbotham Jul. 7, 2012 | 10:10 a.m.
Since when does smoking have anything to do with transportation, repairing or building roads. Obama and his minions did the same thing with the health care bill. They hid 19 taxes plus the mandate in the bill many of which effect the middle class and have nothing to do with health care. Where were the so-called watch dogs to prune illegitimate attachments from the spendthrift bill?

Mayhem
2012-07-07, 15:44
This is unfortunate and these cheesy add-ons to bills they have nothing to do with is a serious issue (to me, at least). But don't think for an instant that both sides of the aisle aren't equally culpable.