Make no mistake: the Department of Health, through the FDA, is crusading to erase tobacco, including cigars. Don’t believe me? According to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius:
Until we end tobacco use, more people will become addicted…Now is the time to fully implement proven and effective interventions… to help end this public health epidemic once and for all.
Only 3 years ago, Deputy Secretary Bill Corr worked as an anti-smoking lobbyist. Are THESE the people you want in charge of cigars at the federal level?
FDA regulation of cigars will begin with a ban on mail-order sales, but even your local smoke shop isn’t safe. Take a good last look at your local walk-in humidor, because under the new FDA regulations, displaying cigars will be illegal. Instead they’ll be kept in a stock room, under lock and key. You can forget browsing for cigars – you’ll have to ask for them by name.
But hey, at least it’ll be easy to keep track of new brands: FDA regulations will force manufacturers to spend upwards of six-figures just to get new a blend approved. Your favorite boutique cigar brands will wither and die, leaving only the largest manufacturers to introduce a new blend or two per year.
Don’t expect to sample those new blends, either: free samples will be illegal, as well as cigar events. Even if you’re brave enough to buy a box sight unseen, the FDA is likely to mandate near-zero levels of nicotine. How do you suppose THAT cigar will taste?
To add insult to injury, if passed, YOU will be paying for all this new regulation in the form of income and new cigar taxes. Surely the Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves!
When a government acts against its citizens’ interests, it’s time to make your voice heard. Urge your Senator and Representative to support the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act today.
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Ever enjoyed totally anonymous cigar? I have, and I humbly submit to you, it adds to the experience.
Recently, a flood of unnamed, un-banded cigars has washed over Famous headquarters. Having just returned from a recent Central American junket, one of our Famous tribe is swimming in sample cigars for us to smoke and rate.
Sometimes he reveals the manufacturer, but usually he doesn’t. Frankly, I find myself partial to the latter scenario. No name means no expectations, and allows for a true blank slate. And with all that cerebral static silenced, it’s easier to judge the cigar on its own merits: appearance, flavor, aroma, burning characteristics and construction.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not going to go home and remove all the bands from my stash. But let it be said that there’s nothing like the enjoyment of an unidentified cigar to remind us of why we started smoking in the first place. Here’s a hint: it has nothing to do with Opus X, Padrón, Pepin, or Tatuaje.