Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) don't want to hear it.
We respectfully request that FDA build on [previous regulatory] successes and move swiftly to issue a strong regulation that would legally treat or deem all tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah tobacco and accessories, as subject to the Tobacco Control Act...The tobacco industry has moved quickly and creatively to both undermine provisions of the Tobacco Control Act, and to develop new forms of product that encourage the continued harmful addiction of our nation's children and adults...It is critical to exercise all available regulatory authorities to rapidly and dramatically reduce tobacco's harmful physical and economic costs to our nation.
The Senators' assertion that tobacco industry is "developing new forms of product that encourage the continued harmful addiction of our nation's children" is beyond pandering: it's downright insulting.
Kids aren't interested in premium cigars, and manufacturers and retailers aren't interested in selling cigars to them. But that won't stop these senators from invoking "our nation's children," if it allows them to destroy jobs, diminish liberty, and revoke adults' right to enjoy a fine cigar.
Want proof that your voice matters? You've got it. The anti-tobacco crowd is worried, and they're pushing back. The fight is far from over. Now more than ever, YOU MUST ACT!
The "non-face-to-face sale and distribution of tobacco products" is likely to be the first battleground. A Sept. 9 FDA announcement called for public comment on whether Internet and mail-order sales of tobacco - all varieties of tobacco - serve as a giant loophole for consumers under 18 who can't legally buy it at retail counters.
A federal regulation banning long-distance sales of cigars could be finalized soon after December 8, the date when the FDA is scheduled to stop accepting public comments on that particular objective.
Read more: http://thedc.com/cigarfeature
Avoiding FDA takeover of cigars is going to take at least of 20 U.S. Senators and 150 Representatives supporting the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act.
Here are our supporters so far: