Okay - okay - stop me if you've heard this one....
Two guys walk into a bar - one's smoking a joint and the other smoking a Russian Cream cigar.
The first guy says to the other - "You aren't scared to smoke that thing out in public??" and the second guy says, "Nah, man! This stuff is legal!"
Just then, a cop rolls up and without a warning - handcuffs the guy smoking the cigar. As he's getting thrown in the back of the car, he asks why he's being arrested and not the guy smoking the joint - and the cop looks at him and says -
"Cause everybody knows it's illegal to smoke anything with flavor!"!!
No?? Never heard that one before, have ya? Well, as bad of a joke it as it is - don't laugh - it could soon be reality due to some gung-ho politicians pushing HR 2339.
If you haven't paid attention to the news recently, there is a bill looming in the Senate that has already passed the House that seeks to eliminate the sale of flavored cigars as we know it - along with vape products, as well. It's also looking to eliminate online sales of tobacco products, as well as mail order sales.
HR 2339 is titled the " Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020 " - but just like most bills that are introduced - it wasn't very well thought out. Tax monies that will be lost from sales is enormous - let alone the fact that it will put thousands out of work in the midst of a pandemic.
We've made our stance clear on the issue - cutting out flavors that would entice children to smoke is fine in our books. Hope I don't offend anyone here - but somebody tells me that some of that "Cotton Candy" blunt is their "jam'... I'm not hangin' out with that dude. (or woman, for that matter.) Listen, the government has done a great job in eliminating advertising that may entice children to smoke. They want to cut out "Cotton Candy" or "Ice Cream Sundae" or "Fruity Tooty Lollipop" - I'm down. As a father and an advertising major - I feel we all have a responsibility to protect children from anything that lures them into something harmful. Advertising is a powerful medium - maybe now more than ever - since most of us are probably watching a little more tv than we used to. So if someone has the balls to make a product called "Strawberry Crunch Bar" and make it look to appeal to children with cartoons on it and it sparkles - if you don't make them do time - then fine their ass heavily for being blatantly predatory - as well as anyone in the supply chain that was involved - the manufacturer, the wholesaler, the retailer - the guy who delivered the crap - even the cashier who "was just doing their job" and "didn't know any better" when they sold it. Bullshit - if you're old enough to have a job - you're old enough to know right from wrong and if your boss is telling you to push the candy tobacco that looks like candy behind the counter on the shelf - you probably want to find another job cause that guy is a huge douchebag and there's no telling how low he will go - in my opinion.
I'm hoping that someone in Washington will make some sense out of this thing and propose some higher taxes on flavored products to deter younger smokers instead of wiping out the whole market. Maybe have retailers move them to another area where kids can't see them at the counter - and do a little more to ensure that online sales and face to face sales are only to those of legal age. There's a meeting in the middle for this bill to prevent kids from smoking - but eliminating flavors is going to create a heap of trouble here in this country.
For starters, its going to create a black market. So - no longer will cops be spending time cracking down on weed - now they're chasing menthol smokers and cherry flavored cigars. It will be giving police the ability to stop anyone and everyone for no reason. And just like the stupid joke above - how crazy would our society be that a cop gets to arrest you because he thought your cigar smelled like a fruit flavor? It's pretty scary stuff, actually. The proposed legislation says anyone involved could be arrested for up to three years. That's absurd.
So - for starters - please contact your representatives to oppose HR 2339 and put an end to the madness. The craziness that would ensue if this bill passes would be devastating. It disproportionately impacts communities and people of color, carries severe criminal penalties, prioritizes criminalization over public health and allows unconstitutional policing and will do nothing but promote negative dealings with law enforcement.
And negative dealings with law enforcement is the last thing we need with everything that is going on in the world right now.
Folks this thing wasn't expected to pass the House - but it did. So please contact your representatives today!!!
This week, we've decided to give you the top natural cigars to check out. Typically called "Diamond", "Natural", "Platinum" or "Silver". Check out some for yourself - never know - if for some reason this crazy bill passes - they might be the only thing on store shelves soon!
Good Times Platinum
Good Times Platinum - in both regular cigarillo and mini size.
City Life Diamond
Great little cigarillo with just the taste of natural tobacco that won't break the bank.
Sweet Woods Platinum
Good Times' Sweet Woods Platinum - same great natural taste with a more rustic appeal.
Garcia y Vega 1882 Natural
Garcia y Vega 1882 Natural - great natural leaf cigar with no flavor added.
Premium tobacco blend and a natural wrapper - Jackpot Silver also has a great price.
Swisher's Optimo are made from carefully blended 100% natural tobacco filler wrapped in a prime natural leaf wrapper.
4 Kings Unsweet
4 Kings Unsweet - natural tobacco taste with an extra slow burn.
Dutch Masters Fusion Silver
Classic Dutch with an all natural tobacco blend and no flavor.
Known for their hand-selected leaf wrapper, Game Silver delivers a smooth smoke without any flavor.
Game Leaf Natural
Rugged look and the perfect blend of natural tobaccos, Game Leaf Natural burns smooth and slow.
Show BK Natural
One of the newest natural leaf cigars to hit the market, Show BK Natural Leaf is a great smoke at a great price.
Show Silver cigarillos made from premium natural tobacco and wrapped in a natural wrapper - all at an amazing price.
Dutch Maters Palma
Dutch Masters Palma - corona sized cigars made from Cuban seed tobacco and a natural leaf wrapper.
Swisher Sweets Silver
Swisher Sweets Silver - classic Swisher cigar without all the flavor!
White Owl Platinum
Blended with five tobaccos and wrapped in a light premium light wrapper and touched with a hint of sweet - great cigar when you don't want all the added flavor.
Zig Zag Straight Up
Zig Zag Straight Up cigarillos, wraps and now rillo size wraps - great natural tobacco taste.
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