Roll-your-own cigarette machines may have a hazy future
On Thursday, Charlie Saliby of Guimond Farms convenience store on Rhode Island Avenue said that his daily roll-your-own cigarette business is under threat as the federal government puts at hazard his business by a new tax.
An amendment to Congress’s transportation bill had an unrelated provision to redefine “manufacturers of tobacco products.”
President Obama is likely to sign the transportation bill, with the amendment, that is predominantly approved by Congress on June 29.
Roll-your-own Machine Rental LLC in Ohio said the bill touched upon nearly 2,100 retail outlets nationwide, in accordance with Saliby.
The bill that became effective July 1 supposes that anyone who uses roll-your-own cigarette machine will be considered cigarette manufacturers.
In a city where a wide range of adult people smoke, in comparison with typical Massachusetts communities, the news was spread quickly around Fall River’s lone roll-your-own outlet, where the version of a carton of cigarettes could be machine-rolled by customers in just 10 minutes.
That is 20 packs of roll-your-own cigarettes for $30, half the cost of common brands and about $50 less than a carton of premium brands like Marlboro.
A who woman emailed the Herald News wrote that government intends to close all roll your own cigarette machines.
The bill won’t touch upon those customers who buy ample quantity of tobacco and roll cigarettes at home on their own small machines.
The quickness of rolling cigarettes at a relatively low cost has driven customers to RYO machines at retailers, but the tobacco industry and lawmakers have pulled back on the questions of competition and taxes.
According to Charlie Saliby, more than 500 customers weekly buy tobacco and rolling papers and rent the do-it-yourself gear.
In October 2011Guimond Farms gave $35,000 for the first of 4 machines. This year, several more machines were brought to the store, a whole cost of $140,000, because customers of roll-your-own products demonstrated demand at the family variety store.
On Saturday, Guimond Farms together with customers was able to experience reprieve.
“Until July 6 the transportation bill won’t be signed as it was not prepared in time for the President to sign it.” read another corporate RYO email Saliby shared.
Richard Napert ended rolling 200 “light” cigarettes, as he does twice a week to share with his wife and daughter. He said that his savings could end due to new measure. He said that it would have a negative influence on his income.
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