A bill in the South Carolina Legislature that would leave all tobacco-related legislation to be decided at the state level has advanced out of the House of Representatives, passing on Wednesday by a 69-37 vote.

H.B. 3274 seeks to amend the state’s law “so as to provide that political subdivisions of the state may not enact any laws, ordinances, or rules pertaining to ingredients, flavors, or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products, or alternative tobacco products.” Laws that were on the books as of Jan. 1, 2019 would not be subject to the preemption that the bills seeks to impose.

The bill is sponsored by Reps. J. Gary Simrill (R-York) and J. Todd Rutherford (D-Richland) and now heads to the Senate for debate. If it passes and is signed into law by the governor, it would go into effect immediately.


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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.