Category Archives: Tobacco Policies & Legislation

A Chat with Chris Gawith of Gawith and Hoggarth

I had a chance to sit down with Chris Gawith and chat to him about his two brands, Samuel Gawith and Gawith and Hoggarth. It was an audio interview, so I have transcribed it as such. Are you thinking about dropping one of the brands? No, not at all. They are all made under the […]

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New FDA Regulations: How Do They Impact the Pipe World?

Tom Wolfe There has been a lot of hype and rumor the last few months about the new FDA "Deeming" rules that go into effect on August 8, 2016. What with the Nashville Pipe Show being cancelled, and several pipe makers deciding to quit the business, there is a lot of panic in the industry. […]

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Obama Budget Attacks Tobacco … Again

Obama Budget Proposes $.94 Per Pack Federal Cigarette Tax Increase and Proportionate Increase in All OTP Tax Rates Today, President Obama delivered to Congress his administration’s proposed budget that includes a $.94 per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax rate and an increase in all other tobacco tax rates by a similar proportion. This […]

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A Liberal Stands Up For Santa

Marc Munroe Dion Up in Canada (where I understand they keep beavers as house pets) a woman named Pamela McColl has caused to be published a vile, stinking travesty of an American classic. McColl paid for her book to be published, which is what you do when your book stinks so much that no one […]

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Tumbling Down The Loophole

C. R. S. Lyles In addition to the strain of added taxes and its almost "guilty by association" nature, pipe tobacco is now facing a renewed threat (initially from 2010) to its survival in the form of loose tobacco being reclassified as pipe tobacco in order to avoid state and federal taxes. According to estimates […]

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Much Ado About Flavoring: Part Two

C. R. S. Lyles From the Editor: The opening photograph to this article is meant to be sarcastic parody. I’m sure our primary audience knows this, but with the anti-tobacco lunacy spiraling ever higher, I am forced to give an explanation up front to avoid a potential crucifixion. New York City banned all flavored tobacco […]

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Much Ado About Flavoring: Part One

By C. R. S. Lyles Imagine the scene if you will. It’s Christmas time, the bitter chill of the wind has driven all warm bodies into the glow of their light-strewn and Santa Clause-d houses, and as the youngest daughter of the family crawls up onto her grandfather’s lap to hear “The Night Before Christmas” […]

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“Just the Facts, Ma’am”

By C. R. S. Lyles Tobacco could kill 1 billion this century. That’s the headline of a heartwarming news article published in Reuters a few years ago which claims that "if current trends hold, global health experts said" that if we don’t lay off the smokes, then by 2100 we can kiss about 14% of […]

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A City on the Back-End of Tomorrow

By C. R. S. Lyles On June 11th, 2011, despite protestations from local business-owners and smokers alike, Springfield, Missouri passed Council Bill 2010-180, which bans any and all smoking activity indoors within the city limits. “The City Council has determined that the adoption of this ordinance furthers the public health and welfare of the community […]

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If You Won’t Change Your Mind, Then We’ll Just Have To Change Your Mind For You

By C. R. S. Lyles I saw a commercial today promoting some new show on Nickelodeon called Victorious. I have no idea what the show is about, nor do I have any interest in it whatsoever (as I presume, probably correctly, that it is merely the network’s answer to "tween wave" drivel that the Disney […]

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