Drapers & IPCPR Thank You For Your Support!

On behalf of W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist and the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) we would like to thank you for opposing Maryland House Bill 853 and Senate Bill 654. As we stated in our March 1 post, both bills proposed increasing the Other Tobacco Products (OTP) excise tax rate from 15% to 90%. Such a tax increase would have effectively decimated retail sales of cigars and other premium tobacco products in the state of Maryland.

As a result of your efforts, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee recently issued an unfavorable report on SB654. Make no mistake, the fight in Maryland and across the United States is by no means over. However, with your continued support such challenges will be met and overcome.

Regards,

John Anderson, Matt Krimm & Ted Meeker
W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist