CIGAR ASSOCATION of WASHINGTON


LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT
YES ON THE CIGAR BAR BILLS
HB-1750 & SB-5070

The Cigar Association of Washington and a coalition of Tobacconists, Restaurants & former Cigar Bars have introduced bills to modify the statewide smoking ban and allow the return of Cigar Bars and Cigar Lounges in Cigar Stores.

WE NOW NEED YOUR HELP

There was be a hearing on Senate Bill 5070
Thursday, Feb. 14th at 10 am.
Hearing Room B in the John A Cherberg building in Olympia.

UPDATE: The hearing on the 14th. was before the House Committee on Business & Financial Services. Despite being outnumbered two or three to one by opposition at this hearing, we are happy to report that HB-1750 was passed by a vote of 9-6.


Majority report: Do Pass. Representatives Kirby, Parker, Vick, Blake, Chandler, Habib, Hurst, MacEwen and O'Ban.

Minority report: Do Not Pass. Representatives Ryu, Hawkins, Hudgins, Kochmar, Santos and Stanford.


Click here to find your representatives. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/
Enter you zip and their names will come up.

Send them all an e-mail in support of these two bills.
Or, call the legislative hotline and voice your support.
TOLL FREE HOTLINE: 1-800-562-6000

YOUR HELP IS ESSENTIAL!
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE HAVE YOUR HELP NOW IF WE ARE TO SUCCEED IN
BRINGING BACK OUR CIGAR BARS!


Dear Washington Cigar and Tobacco Enthusiasts, Retailers and Manufacturers,

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Cigar Association of Washington. (CAW)

This association is being formed by a group of dedicated tobacconists from across the state to represent the interests of the retail cigar and tobacco industry owners and their customers.

For much too long we have sat by as the various anti-tobacco groups have run over us. In recent years we have suffered the imposition of the highest tobacco tax in the nation and seen the enactment of the one of, if not the most, restrictive smoking bans in the country. Almost every day we hear about creative new restrictions on the sale and use of cigars and other tobacco products.

The founders of the CAW believe that we as an industry can no longer remain as un-organized small businesses or we will see our livelihoods' legislated, taxed, regulated and banned out of existence. In the words of Benjamin Franklin: "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately".

The primary goals of the Cigar Association of Washington are:

Who we are:

The Cigar Association of Washington is comprised of small business owners, their dedicated employees and the customer bases that support them. Combined, we are a grass roots organization dedicated to the preservation of the retail tobacco industry and the free enjoyment of the products they sell.

We believe that the consumption of premium cigars and other tobacco products is a pleasure reserved only for consenting adults, and that all tobacco products should be kept out of the hands of minors.

The Cigar Association of Washington is organized, administered and operated exclusively to receive, administer and expend funds to promote and represent the common industry interests of and improve the business conditions among members of the retail tobacconists of Washington, within the meaning of Section 501 (C) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws.

Retail Tobacconists, Manufacturers and Distributors may join the Association by paying an annual membership fee of $200.00. Friends of the Cigar Association of Washington can make contributions to the Association for a minimum contribution of $10.00.

Members can make additional contributions to the Association from time to time to assist the Association in fulfilling its stated goals and objectives.





Membership dues / fees may be tax deductible. Check with your tax adviser.
Individual contributions are not tax deductible.
Membership dues are non refundable and non transferable.




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