Getting Burned

With SCHIP's passage, the world changes for tobacco makers, wholesalers and retailers.

By
Mitch Morrison, Vice President & Group Editor

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If it weren’t so ominous, one might dismiss it as an April Fool’s prank conducted in poor taste.

But a joke it is not; and the taste, well, as a roll-your-own tobacco advocate recently blogged: “The government has now taxed RYO out of existence.”

When a policy-charged Democratic Congress invigorated by a new administration accomplished what a Republican president’s veto swore it would  not, a world of retailers, tobacco farmers, wholesalers and makers of all tobacco products, from cigarettes to snuff, cigars to make-your-own, quaked with concern.

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