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Rudolph Giuliani Honored by Cigar Rights of America

David Savona
Posted: December 22, 2010

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When asked about the New York State cigar tax, which recently spiked to 75 percent of the wholesale price of a cigar and has been impacting sales, according to New York City shop owners, Giuliani said “There’s a point of diminishing returns with any tax.” He also said that with taxes on items such as cigars, some politicians neglect the financial benefit of a tax due to the nature of what is being taxed. “It isn’t just to collect revenue,’ he said. “It’s to stop you from doing it.”

This was the second lifetime membership awarded by the CRA. The first went to Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

“We’re creating an alliance of current and former office holders that are obviously cigar enthusiasts, but secondarily are able to help us in the community by advocating a cigar political agenda in a manner that we can’t always get across ourselves,” said Loope. “

Rudolph Giuliani appeared on the cover of the December 2001
Cigar Aficionado. To read the cover story, click here:

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John Hansell — Emmaus, PA, 18049,  —  December 22, 2010 10:47am ET

Great story! When my father caught me smoking a cigarette, he didn't give me a White Owl. He gave me a good kick in the ass!

But seriously, he's right: "“People who want to smoke, should be able to smoke. As long as they can do it without hurting other people.”

Banning it completely is excessive and will be counterproductive. We can take some lessons from Prohibition.

Mike Klink — Salisbury, PA, USA,  —  December 22, 2010 1:46pm ET

CRA has chosen truly a great man to honor. I remember just after 9/11/01 that Mayor Giuliani came to Shanksville-Stoneycreek High School to speak at their graduation service for the class of 2002. Usually, celebrities would turn down numerous requests like this from small towns, but the Mayor Giuliani accepted knowing that New York City along with Shanksville, PA and Arlington, VA are forever linked with 9/11.

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