On Monday, cigar smokers around the U.S. got a big win as the budget of Gov. Tom Wolf (D) was defeated in Pennsylvania.

That budget included the introduction of a new tax on cigars at a rate of 40 percent of the wholesale price. Currently, Pennsylvania—along with Florida, New Hampshire and Washington D.C.—has no added state excise tax on cigars. That has created a friendly environment for cigars, which is why major catalog retailers like Atlantic Cigar, Cigars International, Famous Smoke Shop and Holt’s are all located in Pennsylvania.

Wolf’s budget was defeated 193-0 after Republicans proposed a tax amendment that Democrats rejected.

While the proposed budget was defeated, that doesn’t mean the cigar tax is dead. There is a tentative June 30 deadline for next year’s budget, but the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) told its members that negations will continue beyond the June 30 deadline and a cigar tax is still being considered.

Update (June 4, 2015) — Added statement from the IPCPR, clarification.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.