Thursday, May 5, 2016

It seems the FDA is ignoring reason and will be trying to cripple the cigar industry with their latest regulations on premium handmade cigars.

These regulations are slated to go into effect August 8, 2016 but will face legal challenges from the cigar community.

In their statement the FDA is saying that cigars are a tobacco product and should be treated like any other tobacco product to protect the wellbeing of our children. When was the last time you saw a 12 year old smoking a Cohiba?

We know that the cigarette lobbyists have been putting money behind the FDA to put these tougher regulations into effect as to balance the playing field. And I really won't argue about making sure age verifications are in effect, and that heath warning labels should be on packaging. But when you ask every cigar manufacture in ever country to submit each and every blend to the FDA for approval, now that is a serious over reach. The FDA has confirmed that all required applications could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per application. The one thing that makes the cigar industry great is the innovation of blends by small boutique brands. These regulations basically will put an end to this and put thousands of people in multiple countries out of work.

The only thing left in the short term for the cigar industry is the possibility that Bills H.R. 662 and S. 441 get enough backing to pass the House and Senate and get the exemption for premium cigars. The FDA still says that if this rider would go into effect it would have an enormous impact on public health.  Really???

For now we wait and see.

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