Here’s a prime example for all the naysayers. (Granted – most of the naysayers would be happy to see an “evil” tobacco firm suffering – so much for the 500 unemployed…)
Hav-A-Tampa shuts its factory near Seffner and lays off about 495 employees, closing a factory that has been operating since 1902…the company couldn’t cope with a steep drop in consumer demand, brought on by the recession and a large new tax on tobacco products…Work that had been done in Tampa will now be performed in an Altadis plant in Puerto Rico, where it has extra manufacturing capacity…
However, the company attributed much of its trouble to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, a federal program that provides health insurance to low-income children. It is funded, in part, by a new federal tax on cigars and cigarettes. McKenzie couldn’t say how much sales of Hav-A-Tampa cigars had fallen off, but the numbers have dropped significantly, he said.