Today I introduce to you the short video we at Famous Smoke Shop put together advising all of you who love cigars about the inherent dangers that exist if the FDA gains control over the cigar industry.
The reason we did this is simple: our beloved industry is in REAL danger and this piece outlines pretty clearly what bad things could happen to your cigars – from the manufacturing, the way you are allowed (or not allowed) to buy them, and lastly… even possible extinction.
While the feedback has been astounding to this video presentation, I’ve heard a few clamorings on the internet forums where certain people simply don’t believe what we’ve stated, calling it pure conjecture and hype. And to that, I can say, if you continue to believe that, you have been very sadly misinformed.
LISTEN TO ME… I have personally spent a lot of time with people like Glynn Loope, the Executive Director of the lobbyist group, Cigar Rights of America, as well as owners and top executives of many of the cigar manufacturers. I have learned first-hand about the intentions behind FDA cigar industry regulations and there isn’t a person who works in this business who takes this lightly, whatsoever. And, I can assure you that no one takes this more serious than the people at Famous. Continue reading
Come on and sing it with me, cigar lovers…
The FDA took my stogies away, they took ‘em away, away from me
The FDA took my stogies away, they took ‘em away, away from me…
Ah, the Ramones classic with a new twist. Yeah, those crazy pranksters over at the Food and Drug Administration are causing quite a stir here in the land of premium tobacco goodness. With the threat of FDA cigar legislation hanging over our heads daily, I think it’s important to let you all know what could happen to premium cigars if we don’t protect our rights. Those cut ups are all lathered up about controlling the cigar industry, you know, regulating it the way the government does best. Or should I say OVER REGULATING the living hell out of EVERYTHING they get their mitts on! Continue reading
Have you seen any of the news this past week? The calendar is kind of weird right now – since 4th of July fell on a Wednesday I’m sure that many people made it a 5-day weekend (and more power to you). In case you missed it, there was another jobs report, and much yelling and screaming ensued; everyone yelled at each other about whether “the Mandate” was a tax or a penalty. Gov. Romney was riding a jet ski, and the President was riding a bus. It’s been a little (too) quiet, though, about where the effort stands to exempt premium, hand-rolled cigars from FDA regulation. So as we wrap up another week full of political news/noise, I thought it was a good time to drop in a few recent updates on the standing of the legislation pending in Congress, HR1639/S1461 – The Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act. Continue reading
According to an informal poll I conducted five minutes ago expressly for this article, 95% of cigar smokers enjoy an ice cold glass of suds alongside their favorite stogie. Among those who responded, some prefer their puro with a couple generous fingers of whisky, rum or tequila. Others prefer a well-made cocktail. Still others take their smoke with wine, port, brandy or cognac. Continue reading
Anti-smoking legislature is fraught with problems, not the least of which is the erosion of personal liberty. I can understand anti-smoking laws in schools and hospitals, and even government buildings. But if you thought that banning smoking in privately-owned restaurants and clubs was an overstep of authority, wait until you get a load of this.
The “City that Never Sleeps” is currently considering legislation that would expand anti-smoking laws to include to the city’s parks, beaches, and other public outdoor locations, including Times Square. The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and New York Tobacconist Association have formed a partnership to oppose the measure.
Said IPCPR legislative director Chris McCalla, “We’re against legislated smoking bans of any kind, and so should everyone else [be]…they take away fundamental rights of citizens everywhere. In public places like these, common courtesy should prevail, not heavy-handed, misguided legislation.”
I just LOVE that part about common courtesy over heavy-handed, misguided legislation. It perfectly sums the fundamental problem of the “nanny state.”
The substance of the measure irks me as a conscientious cigar smoker, but that’s only part of it. More important is the fact that precious time and taxpayer money are being wasted on such a trivial non-issue. It’s time for elected officials to focus their energies on the economy, crime, poverty, or anything else that matters.
Last I checked, smoking was legal. Moreover, the punitive taxation of smokers leads me to believe that the government needs people to keep smoking. But the “nibbling away” of smokers’ rights has got to go. It is a monumental waste of resources, yielding nothing positive.
See the petition against the NYC smoking ban.
Cigar retailers and smokers across Pennsylvania breathed a collective sigh of relief today as Governor Rendell signed into law a budget containing no new taxes on cigars. Call me a pessimist, but I’m still worried about future budgets.
“I can’t believe they left this money on the table and they’d rather see people laid off from their jobs than to tax these products,” opined Deborah P. Brown of the American Lung Association.
They (legislators) didn’t leave money on the table, Deborah, because it was never there to begin with. What they did was refuse to cower in the face the populist opinion your organization has worked so hard to cultivate.
They voted against increasing an already-bloated budget on the backs of hardworking Pennsylvanians and business owners.
They refused to let 4 of the nation’s 8 major tobacconists (and hundreds more brick & mortar shops) be put out of business by pseudo-scientists looking to further their OWN agenda and budget.
They voted not to further tax the enjoyment of a LEGAL PRODUCT.
Proponents of this tax infuriate me, and they should infuriate you, too. This year it was cigars. Next year it could be something you like even more. Where and when does it end?