Look, I m not in favor of smoking. What I am not in favor is burying behavior control in bills that have nothing to do with the issue at hand. This was supposed to be a transportation bill minus Keystone pipeline apparently. But hey, let’s hit the little guy who gets his pleasure and saves a buck. By the way, the cigarette makers were pounding the pavement for this bill. What else that will be found in this bill will come later no doubt when someone decides to read it. These GOPers are amazing aren’t they? I am surprised that they just do not levy a tax on these poor souls, now that Roberts has given this control to whomever. Here we go.
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.
“It saves me time and money, and in the end I feel better because I don’t get all of the chemicals that the other cigarettes have,” Bawden said. “With the brand-name cigarettes, we pay for the chemicals and the name, and I don’t want any of that, so I don’t even know what I’ll do when the shop closes down.”
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. Dont you love Obama and his job creation?
“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. Full story at LVRJ