If you have been following the news you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently regulates cigarettes and chewing tobacco, but they also want to start regulating premium cigars, which is a big concern for cigar companies throughout the country.
The fight to protect premium cigars has been an ongoing battle but as crunch time approaches more people are yielding to the premium cigar side.
The United States Senate has rejoined the fight to protect premium cigars from the FDA. Last week the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act received an official bill number, S. 772.
The new bill has already signed on six co-sponsors, including a bi-partisan effort from Florida as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) came together as the bill’s initial sponsors. S.722 wants to exempt premium cigars from possible FDA regulation. If the FDA does get their hands on premium cigars, the following changes could go into effect:
- Ban on walk-in humidors, self-serve cigar displays and mail order cigar sales
- Ban on all flavored cigars
- No more ornate and or decorative
- Limits on marketing and advertising in the cigar industry
- New taxes on cigars
- Limits to special release cigars
- Limits on nicotine levels on cigars to near zero, having a major impact on the flavor of cigars
Cigar Rights of America has set up an online petition and encourages cigar fans to contact their elected officials to ask that they support S. 722.