Michigan Targets Automated Cigarette Rollers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan officials are trying to snuff out the use of automated cigarette rolling machines at smoke shops that are seen as attractive by cost-conscious smokers.
The Detroit News reports that the Michigan Department of Treasury in March warned 300 smoke shop owners that using one such machine constitutes the illegal manufacture of cigarettes. The $30,000 machine is made by Girard, Ohio-based RYO Machine Rental LLC.
RYO president Phil Accordino says the 790-pound machines shouldn't be considered cigarette manufacturing equipment because they're much slower than those used by big cigarette makers.
Because of a bargain tax rate on pipe tobacco created by Congress, smokers can take a box of pre-made cigarette tubes, 8 ounces of tobacco and 15 minutes to produce a carton for under $30 -- much less than retail.


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  • by Lyle Location: Lansing on May 9, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    Seems like smokers need to get up and start asking why there being harrassed about smoking. Its the goverments job to govern not to pick on a single group until it gets its way. And what exactly is the goverment going to do when no one smokes and that tax is no longer at their desposil? Oh and for the record, I'm a non smoker and hate the smell of it but believe in the right that everyone has the right to choose for themselves what they do to themselves!
  • by ak Location: fowlerville on May 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    I've got a suggestion ready for it? Quit smoking. Then you won't need a machine or complain about prices.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    It is a sin tax that needs to enforce. Those people are getting around the sin tax by paying someone to do it.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    OMG!! like there isnt more important issues at hand!? Tackle the other problems facing Michigan, and leave these piddly issues alone. Does everything have to be REGULATED and Approved , ? is this how the Govt here is going to make their money? I mean come on! weve got serious things going on here..NO JOBS, No Work, high fuel prices and High food prices..Look into those issues!!!!!!!!stop the B.S.!
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on May 9, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    In my view, this is customer service. Really no different than a bank or credit union having a machine to count loose coins and give you the total. Stop being so darn greedy, this isn't doing any harm. Thank You. Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    I just can't believe how mich is turning this state in to where no one has any rights what so ever.Are we going to be communist Mich? all rights are being taken away.Businesses are leaving this state why?Why would any one come here to start a business,or vacation,or buy gas?or tobacco products????Nothing like complaining about how people shop out of state.There must be a reason.This state continues to go back3wards,even schools will fail with the cuts.Many more will become homeless and many continue to suffer.The rich here still are doing fine while others are doing nothing and going no where.There is nothing PURE about Mich.It is so corrupt.
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      by Jim on May 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to
      "Are we going to be communist Mich?" Yes...thank you labor unions
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        by A Patriot on May 10, 2011 at 06:12 AM in reply to Jim
        And a BIG "Thank-you" to Rick Snyder... He and the republicans will single-handedly turn this state around! Now, who wants to buy a bridge? And here's a thought...how about taxing air? But of course only for poor and seniors!
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      by Heh on May 9, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to
      Why would any business want to come here when our citizens don't know how to use the space bar, can't spell properly and have terrible syntax and grammar?
  • by Clyde Location: Lansing on May 9, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    What next? Going to target me because I hand roll my cigs? Give us a break! I pay less than 35 cents a pack by rolling them myself. Gonna send me a tax bill now? GET A LIFE!!!!
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