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Regulation has arrived...today, the FDA has posted their deeming rules regarding cigars; and it's not without a surprise.
Because of the outreach and commitment by
thousands of cigar enthusiasts like you - the federal
government is considering TWO different courses of
action regarding their proposed regulation of
premium cigars! AND, the FDA is seeking YOUR
COMMENTS on a variety of proposed rules
regarding handrolled cigars and how the
government treats them.
would be for the FDA to regulate ALL cigars - premium, machine made,
etc -  as THE SAME kind of product.   We don't want that to happen.
would make a NEW DEFINITION for "covered cigars," under which the
FDA would consider premium cigars - defined as:
  1. wrapped in whole tobacco leaf;
  2. contains a 100 percent leaf tobacco binder;
  3. contains primarily long filler tobacco;
  4. is made by combining manually the wrapper,
    filler, and binder;
  5. has no filter, tip, or non-tobacco mouthpiece and is capped by hand;
  6. has a retail price (after any discounts or coupons) of no less than $10 per cigar; this criterion is NOT critical to defining a premium cigar - we must let them know by commenting that this must be struck from the definition!
  7. does not have a characterizing flavor other than tobacco; and
  8. weighs more than 6 pounds per 1000 units.
The FDA is now looking to YOU to help them answer
some questions, and are open for public comment -
including supporting facts and evidence - on whether or
not you agree with their proposed rules.
These are the questions,
specifically, the FDA is
posing to YOU, the cigar
consumer :
  • Is this proposed definition of "covered cigar" appropriate to capture those products that, because of how they are used, may have less of a public health impact than other types of cigars?
  • Should long filler tobacco content be included as one of required elements of a "premium" cigar (excluded from the definition of a "covered cigar")? If so, what percentage of the tobacco contained in the cigar should be required to be long filler tobacco in order for the cigar to be considered "premium"?
  • Is it appropriate to include the $10 price point in differentiating "premium" cigars from other cigars? Please provide any data or information that supports the selection of a $10 price point or, if you believe a different price point is more appropriate, that supports the selection of that price point.
  • Should a volume/rate restriction (e.g., "is produced at a rate of no more than [insert number] units per minute") be included as one of required elements of a "premium" cigar (excluded from the definition of a "covered cigar")? If we were to include this restriction, what should the rate be? How would FDA determine compliance with such a restriction?
  • Is it appropriate to include the proposed weight restriction (6 pounds per 1000 units) in differentiating "premium" cigars from other cigars?
  • Would a different regulatory scheme for covered cigars, as defined here, or other category of cigars adequately address the dangers of tobacco use by adults or the proven dangers associated with use of cigars?
  • How should the fact that studies indicate that young adults likely prefer cigarillos, as opposed to traditional large cigars, affect FDA's decision about whether to regulate "premium" cigars?
THE FDA IS LISTENING - AND HERE'S OUR CHANCE TO MAKE OUR CASE.
Submit Your Comments, Data and
Research starting April 25.
We'll be streamlining the process for you to answer the FDA's questions in the upcoming days...in the meantime:
To make a comment to the FDA online:
To make a comment in writing:
Submit it to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.


All submissions received must include the Agency name,
Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0189, and RIN 0910-AG38 for this rulemaking.
For additional commenting instructions
-  and to read the
As noted by the Cigar Rights of America, it is a FACT:
  • All 50 states in America have some form of smoking ban; governments at the local, state, and federal levels continue to work to pass even more restrictive legislation.
  • Forty-eight states in America have enacted cigar taxes, with some having gone as far as taxing cigars at a rate of 75%.
  • The expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP), signed into effect in 2009, raised the federal excise tax on cigars to 52.75%; SCHIP is up for renewal later this year.
Your ability to enjoy a cigar as a responsible adult is under assault; the time is now to come to the defense of your rights. And the best way to support the fight against restrictive smoking bans, overregulation of premium cigars and unjustified cigar tax increases is to become a member of the Cigar Rights of America. Join the rising chorus of voices that are speaking out on behalf of those who enjoy a premium cigar - there is power in numbers, and every voice matters...especially yours!
If you're not ready to become a CRA member today, we ask that you please sign the petition to help exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation, which can also be found at the Cigar Rights of America website.
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C.R.A. News

Move to regulate smoking in beer gardens is unclear
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Illinois
Illinois' Dept. of Public Health is proposing regulations to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas, including beer gardens and patios and other places where employees of those establishments would pass through. Many bars built these to accommodate smokers.   
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New Orleans is to smoking as rice is to beans: James Varney
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Louisiana
New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell seeks a smoking ban for the city's bars. But business owners should be able to decide that, and--the city's bar-smoke-filled history notwithstanding--many have chosen to go smoke-free of their own accord.   
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http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/local/macon/2014/09/17/hummingbird-smoking-ban/15793045/
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Georgia
Customers at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom got what they wanted. Regular patrons had voiced their opposition to the venue's decision to go smoke-free, and when business dropped during the 17 day ban period, the Hummingbird reversed their policy.    
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People Are Smoking Less. So Why Have Tobacco Shops Doubled?
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
Specialty tobacco stores have doubled in the last 15 years, with discount tobacco shops taking up a large share of the growth compared to declining high-end retail tobacco shops. Changing smoking habits and product preferences contribute to the growth.   
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Anti-smoking ordinance debate continues
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Illinois
Despite some restaurant owners having spent large sums of money to build patios so patrons who smoke could still dine and not violate a non-smoking ordinance, DeKalb restaurateurs are now required to prohibit smoking within 15 ft of the patios themselves   
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Jake?s patrons react to imminent cigar-smoking ban
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Nebraska
Being able to smoke at Jake's Cigar and Spirits is a major draw for its patrons, who regret Friday's decision to overturn a smoking ban exemption for cigar bars and shops whose cigar sales make up at least 10% of revenue and have a walk-in humidor.    
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Commissioners hold public hearing about proposed smoking ban
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
North Carolina
Debate is stirring among Mecklenburg residents, leaders, and council members of over a proposed smoking ban that would affect county buildings and public parks. Commissioner M. Ridenhour opposes a blanket ban, supporting instead designated smoking areas.   
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Public speaks out for ? and against ? proposed smoking ban
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
North Carolina
Mecklenburg commissioners will vote on 9,17 on proposed smoking bans for public buildings, parks, and golf courses. Tobacco's role in NC history, smokers' rights, and municipalities' self-governing rights were some reasons cited against the countywide ban   
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Community Weighs in on Proposed Smoking Ban
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
North Carolina
Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County Commissioners have been talking about banning smoking in city parks, outside city buildings and on county golf courses since the idea was first presented to them in June. Tuesday night at a public hearing, they heard fro   
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A 'world-class' cigar bar opens in Portsmouth
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT
New Hampshire
Federal Cigar in Portsmouth has opened a cigar bar with a state-of-the-art ventilation system and full cocktail and spirits list in their 1800's era shop basement. The venture was a feat in legislative advocacy, architectural design, and entrepreneurism.   
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VIDEO Nebraska State Supreme Court Bans Cigar Smoking From Cigar Bars
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Nebraska
Nebraska's Supreme Court ruling that a smoking ban exemption for cigar shops and lounges was unconstitutional has cigar shop owners fearing for their long-term viability. Up to one half of the cigars sold at Jake's Cigar Bar locations are consumed on site   
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Nebraska's high court: Allowing smoking in cigar bars unconstitutional
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Nebraska
Are cigar bars and tobacco shops substantially different from regular bars to deserve exemption from Nebraska's ban on smoking in public places? According to the state supreme court's ruling, no. Such treatment is 'unconstitutional special legislation'.   
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Fears brew in Omaha area that Nebraska high court ruling will 'kill the cigar business'
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Nebraska
While owners of various cigar bars and shops in Nebraska have varying predictions on exactly how the latest supreme court ruling killing a favorable exemption to the state's smoking ban will affect them, all agree on one thing: it will hurt.   
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Local tobacconist founds international group for women cigar afficionadas
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Wisconsin
Mary Lynn Kane, owner of Lake Country Cigars in Delafield with her husband Don, started the International Women's Cigar Society to draw attention to an important subset of the cigar consumer market. She encourages manufacturers and retailers to take note.   
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Stubbed Out
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
The Fakih brothers from the Cigar Inn, Charlie Minato from Halfwheel, and Glynn Loope from Cigar Rights of America give a three-point rundown of the absurdity of the FDA's proposed regulation of premium cigars.   
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Ohio casinos: Smoke while you gamble
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Ohio
Smokers may soon enjoy a patio with slot machines at the otherwise smoke-free Horseshoe Cincinnati, pending regulatory approval. This would add a prospective $3 million in tax revenue and level competition with the state's racinos and riverboat casinos.   
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Vermont's Tobacco Heritage Explored In New Book
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Vermont
[BOOK REVIEW] The now little known history of Vermont's tobacco farms, which thrived from the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries, is documented in a book by D. & D. Cahill, 'Tobacco Sheds: Vanishing Treasures of the Connecticut River Valley'.    
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FDA cigar proposal has Ohioans seeing smoke
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Ohio
As the August 8 deadline for public comment on the FDA deeming regulations on other tobacco products (including premium cigars) approaches, Stephen Koff explores the concerns of both consumers and retailers in the face of a sea of new federal regulations.   
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FDA cigar proposal has Ohioans seeing smoke
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
As the August 8 deadline for public comment on the FDA deeming regulations on other tobacco products (including premium cigars) approaches, Stephen Koff explores concerns of both consumers and retailers in the face of a sea of proposed federal regulations   
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South Bend City Council votes 5-4 against proposed ban on smoking inside bars
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Indiana
Bar owners in South Bend celebrated a victory over a proposed smoking ordinance that would have extended the statewide smoking ban to the city's bars. Councilwoman Valerie Schey, an original sponsor of the ordinance, decided to side with business owners.   
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FDA regulation of cigars spells doom for simple pleasure
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Florida
Cigar enthusiasts have until August 8 of this year to show their support for Tampa's standing in the premium cigar manufacturing world. Tampa's Democratic Representative Kathy Castor is fiercely defending the city's legacy against proposed FDA regulation.   
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VIDEO: FDA regulations threaten last U.S. cigar makers
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Florida
A tour through the J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s factory in Tampa. Eric Newman, President, explains how the FDA's proposed regulations could topple the last-man-standing of Cigar City's cigar manufacturers.   
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Nixon signs legislation exempting Ameristar from smoking ban
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Missouri
Governor Jay Nixon exempted the Ameristar casino from any future countywide smoking ban. Had the ban included the casino, it was expected that the state would lose millions of dollars in tax revenue because of lowered anticipated attendance.   
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Bingo operation challenges Berkeley County smoking ban
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT
West Virginia
Berkeley County issued a temporary restraining order to allow smoking at Big Bucks Bingo while the 23rd Circuit Judge reviews state code to determine the legality of applying a recent clean air ordinance to gaming facilities such as Big Bucks.   
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Proposed regulations could threaten Tampa's last cigar factory
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Florida
J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s 130 employees have a lot to lose if the FDA's proposed regulations concerning premium cigars pass unchecked. To protect their employees and preserve Ybor City's rich history, the company launched a Save Cigar City campaign.   
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VIDEO: FDA Regulations would Close Cigar City
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Florida
Despite having survived a tax hike that put ten Tampa cigar factories out of business several years ago, J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s future is uncertain as a result of proposed FDA regulations, which could dismantle the company and its 119 year history   
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Tampa?s oldest cigar family in fight with FDA for survival
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Florida
The FDA's deeming regulations released this April would place a momentous burden on cigar manufacturers like Tampa's J.C. Newman Cigar Co. The added costs could be catastrophic: JCN estimates that 5,000 hours would go into testing just one product.   
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VIDEO: Future of Ybor City cigar company threatened by new proposed FDA regulations
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Florida
J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Tampa, FL, whose history spans more than 100 years, is the only remaining factory of the more than 150 that once filled Tampa and gave it its name, Cigar City. If left unchecked, proposed FDA regulations could usher its demise   
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Cigar smokers, watch out: Column
Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
Pre-market approval of new products, as proposed in the FDA's recent deeming regulations, could have a paralyzing effect on the premium cigar industry, which prides itself in seasonal variety. A $10 per stick minimum would further limit availability.   
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Ruling could nullify smoking bans in three central Ky. counties
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Kentucky
Kentucky's Supreme Court ruled that a Bullit County smoking ban was unenforceable because it had been enacted by the county's health department, not by elected councils. Woodford, Madison, and Clark county all have similar bans, which are now under review   
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IDAHO HISTORY: Cigar stores, smoking were big part of Idahoans' lives
Sun, 01 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Idaho
A history of some of Idaho's elegant late 19th and early 20th century cigar stores, as well as of national smoking habits and costs.   
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Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments over smoking ban exemptions
Wed, 28 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Nebraska
Nebraska's Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday and will decide whether the state-wide smoking ban enacted in 2009 will be upheld in its entirety, in part, or not at all. The fate of 11 cigar bars--exempted in the 2009 ban--hangs in the balance   
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Nebraska Supreme Court to hear state smoking case: Cigar bars on the chopping block
Tue, 27 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Nebraska
In 2009 Nebraska passed a state-wide smoking ban that included exemptions for cigar bars like Safari Cigars (Omaha). Now Nebraska's Supreme Court must decide if last September's ruling by District Judge Jodi Nelson overturning the exemptions will prevail.   
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Will the Nanny State Target Cigars Next?
Thu, 08 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
Struggling with the question of whether premium cigars are different (or different enough) to be exempted and mischaracterizing many of their presumed dangers, the FDA's deeming regulations could slow the introduction of new cigars to a slither.   
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F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
Cigars, along with other forms of tobacco not previously under the FDA's regulatory authority will be subject to regulation if the FDA's proposed rule is approved unchanged. The FDA will seek public comment on whether to treat premium cigars differently.   
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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
The FDA's proposed rule to regulate cigars as well as e-cigarettes 'starts the process that will give [the FDA] the authority to actually get out there and regulate e-cigarettes'. In other words, more restrictions are looming if the FDA gets its way.   
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FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
Among the slew of proposed FDA regulations soon to be released affecting e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah, and others, manufacturers would have to disclose the ingredients in their products for approval before they could be sold.   
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U.S. FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
'The...proposal would include e-vaping products and other tobacco products, but premium cigars may be excluded....One option...is to regulate them all. The other is to define a category of premium cigars that would not be subject to the FDA's authority'    
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Dozens of speakers debate proposed smoking ban
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT
West Virginia
Speakers on both sides of the Berkeley County Health Department's proposed smoking ban raised concerns at an April 16 public forum. Those in favor of protecting business owners' rights included several bar owners and Glynn Loope, CRA Executive Director.   
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VIDEO Community Voiced Opinions About Proposed Smoking Ban
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT
West Virginia
VIDEO and transcript: A recap of Wednesday night's open forum discussing a proposed expansion to a 2001 Berkeley County smoking ban. Voters have until April 19 to comment on the ordinance before the Board of Health votes on May 6.   
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Berkeley Co. council opposes smoking ordinance
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT
West Virginia
A proposed revision to a 2001 smoking ordinance was unanimously voted against by Berkeley County Councilmembers. The ordinance is currently up for public comment. On May 6 the Board of Health will convene to discuss and possibly vote on the proposal.   
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Smoking ban negatively affects liberty of St. Joseph residents
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Missouri
As St. Joseph's residents approach the ballot on April 8th in response to a proposed smoking ban, many sympathetic non-smokers are voicing support for the freedom of business owners to make decisions about their establishments.   
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Beach smoking ban just a feel-good bill
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT
New Jersey
An Egg Harbor City resident deplores the restriction on personal freedom wrought by a beach-wide smoking ban recently passed by the state Assembly and suggests vain motives. The bill must pass the Senate and be approved by the governor to take effect.   
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Bill to Let Florida Cities Ban Playground Smoking Is Stalled
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Florida
A bill that would allow cities to ban smoking in playgrounds, HB 309, has failed to progress through two committees and one subcommittee and is indefinitely stalled.    
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Smoking policy now up for 30-day comment period
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT
West Virginia
Berkeley County's board members opened a thirty day comment period on a new indoor air quality regulation that would affect both some private establishments as well as other public spaces. Comments on the proposal will be received through April 19th, 2014   
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Both Sides of Smoking Ban Issue Campaign in Final Weeks
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Missouri
With less than a month to go before a proposed smoking ban goes to ballot in St. Joseph, both opponents and supporters of a smoking ban proposal are campaigning for support.   
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Bill Sponsor: Tobacco Lobby Influencing Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Progress
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Kentucky
Spending by tobacco companies in lobbying expenses, coupled with inconsistent results regarding who supports Rep. Westrom's statewide smoking ban, are to blame for the bill being 'in limbo' after over three weeks since being introduced.   
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Smoking Ban: 'Uphill Battle' in Kentucky House
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Kentucky
Three weeks have passed since Rep. Susan Westrom introduced a proposal for a statewide smoking ban in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill has yet to be voted on, and even supporters of the bill are skeptical about its being passed.   
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Smoking Ban Bill May See House Floor This Week
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Kentucky
With voting in the House on a proposed statewide smoking ban looming ahead, there is still the possibility that last minute amendments will be made to the current bill.   
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Supreme Court rejects broader Evansville smoking ban
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Indiana
Ruling that a smoking ban in Evansville unjustly applied to certain establishments but not others (namely, the Tropicana Casino), the Indiana Supreme Court decision was a win for some establishments that had previously been forced to comply with the ban.   
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Tracking the 2014 session: Senate passes Smoke-Free Air Act
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Alabama
Alabama's Senate passed the Smoke-Free Air Act, introduced by Sen. Vivian Figures, with a 21 to 8 vote. An amendment proposed by Sen. Bill Hotzclaw exempting private clubs was approved in the final version. The bill will go to the House for vote.   
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Whiskey and cigar bar to join other merchants at Ice House complex
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Kentucky
A new cigar and whiskey bar is in the works in Louisville at the former site of the Merchants Ice and Cold Storage building downtown. The venue will feature a fully ventilated humidor separate from the bar as well as a menu to pair with drinks and smokes.   
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Deeming Regulations: ?The 800-Pound Gorilla?
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Federal
FDA's deeming regulations affecting Other Tobacco Products, including cigars, are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. Once approved, a public comment period of up to 90 days will begin, preceding a final review before implementation.   
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Smoking ban bill clears Kentucky House committee
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Kentucky
Proposed legislation for a statewide indoor and public places smoking ban (HB 173) introduced by Rep. Susan Westrom passed the House Health and Welfare Committee. Its sister Senate bill is expected to be heard soon. Tobacco is a key crop in Kentucky.   
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Manhattan Beach moving to ban smoking citywide in public spaces
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT
California
The Manhattan Beach City Council voted to enact a citywide smoking ban in public spaces including outdoor dining areas. The ban is expected to be mostly self-enforcing. Mayor Howorth expects it to be 'a case where policy will influence public behavior.?    
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New Smoking Rule Stirs Ire at Assembly
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Alaska
Debate over a proposed amendment to Sitka's Clean Indoor Air Act prohibiting bars and clubs from hosting non-smoking events open to minors caused the Assembly to defer action, pending evaluation by the Health Needs and Human Services Commission.   
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Montana opinion: Smoking lounges should be widely accepted in state
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Montana
Despite offering safety, sanitation, and separation from the non-smoking public, Cascade County Health Department is targeting new smoking shelters built by Gold's Casino and Player's Casino. KC Palagi explains why these shelters should be supported.   
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More women taking delight in a good cigar
Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Indiana
A number of cigar bars, clubs, high end boutiques, and cigar manufacturers are recognizing women as a growing target market for cigars and developing products and menus geared toward them, including cigar and cocktail pairings, and cigar club memberships.   
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Bills would expand Pa. smoking ban to all bars, casinos
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Pennsylvania
Two state legislators are seeking to expand Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act, passed five years ago. The measure would remove existing exemptions that allow smoking in casinos, tobacco shops, private clubs, and select private businesses.   
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Great Falls casino smoking rooms involved in another lawsuit
Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Montana
After having been approved by the Montana Department of Justice's Gambling Control Division two years ago, the legality of allowing gambling in smoking rooms of Great Falls casinos is being called into question by the selfsame division of the DOJ.    
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St. Joseph council rejects indoor smoking ban
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Missouri
St. Joseph is likely to allow citizens to vote on a proposed smoking ban on all indoor public places (with some exceptions) that was rejected by the city council. Last November, the group Smoke-Free St. Joseph passed around a petition pushing for the ban.   
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Famous Cigar Blog

Senator Co-Signers
* Denotes Sponsor

    Name State Date
  1. *Bill  Nelson  FL Thursday, April 18, 2013
  2. Robert P.  Casey  PA Thursday, April 18, 2013
  3. Mary L.  Landrieu  LA Thursday, April 18, 2013
  4. Marco  Rubio  FL Thursday, April 18, 2013
  5. Jon  Tester  MT Thursday, April 18, 2013
  6. David  Vitter  LA Thursday, April 18, 2013
  7. Joe  Manchin  WV Tuesday, May 7, 2013
  8. Saxby  Chambliss  GA Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  9. Dean  Heller  NV Monday, June 17, 2013
  10. James M.  Inhofe  OK Thursday, June 20, 2013
  11. Pat  Toomey  PA Thursday, June 27, 2013
  12. Robert  Menendez  NJ Tuesday, September 24, 2013
  13. Lindsey  Graham  SC Thursday, November 21, 2013
  14. Brian  Schatz  HI Thursday, March 13, 2014
  15. John E. Walsh  MT Friday, April 11, 2014
  16. Mazie K Hirono  HI Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Representative Co-Signers
* Denotes Sponsor

    Name State Date
  1. *Bill  Posey  FL-8 Friday, February 15, 2013
  2. Vern  Buchanan  FL-16 Friday, February 15, 2013
  3. Kathy  Castor  FL-14 Friday, February 15, 2013
  4. Tom  Cole  OK-4 Friday, February 15, 2013
  5. Jim  Costa  CA-16 Friday, February 15, 2013
  6. Jeff  Denham  CA-10 Friday, February 15, 2013
  7. Sam  Graves  MO-6 Friday, February 15, 2013
  8. Alcee L.  Hastings  FL-20 Friday, February 15, 2013
  9. John  Kline  MN-2 Friday, February 15, 2013
  10. Nick J  Rahall  WV-3 Friday, February 15, 2013
  11. David G.  Valadao  CA-21 Friday, February 15, 2013
  12. Tim  Walberg  MI-7 Friday, February 15, 2013
  13. Lynn A.  Westmoreland  GA-3 Friday, February 15, 2013
  14. Steve  Womack  AR-3 Friday, February 15, 2013
  15. Bruce L.  Braley  IA-1 Monday, February 25, 2013
  16. Alan  Grayson  FL-9 Monday, February 25, 2013
  17. Duncan D.  Hunter  CA-50 Monday, February 25, 2013
  18. Steve  Stockman  TX-36 Monday, February 25, 2013
  19. Mike  Coffman  CO-6 Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  20. Joseph J.  Heck  NV-3 Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  21. Walter B.  Jones  NC-3 Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  22. Robert  Pittenger  NC-9 Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  23. Marsha  Blackburn  TN-7 Wednesday, February 27, 2013
  24. H. Morgan  Griffith  VA-9 Wednesday, February 27, 2013
  25. Dennis A.  Ross  FL-15 Thursday, February 28, 2013
  26. George  Holding  NC-13 Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  27. Richard B.  Nugent  FL-11 Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  28. Harold  Rogers  KY-5 Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  29. Madeleine Z.  Bordallo  GU Thursday, March 14, 2013
  30. Mario  Diaz-Balart  FL-25 Thursday, March 14, 2013
  31. Cory  Gardner  CO-4 Thursday, March 14, 2013
  32. Mark  Meadows  NC-11 Thursday, March 14, 2013
  33. John L.  Mica  FL-7 Thursday, March 14, 2013
  34. David P.  Roe  TN-1 Thursday, March 14, 2013
  35. F. James  Sensenbrenner  WI-5 Thursday, March 14, 2013
  36. Kevin  Yoder  KS-3 Thursday, March 14, 2013
  37. Virginia  Foxx  NC-5 Friday, March 15, 2013
  38. Ken  Calvert  CA-42 Monday, March 18, 2013
  39. Brett  Guthrie  KY-2 Monday, March 18, 2013
  40. Mike  McIntyre  NC-7 Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  41. Renee L.  Ellmers  NC-2 Monday, March 25, 2013
  42. Tom  Reed  NY-23 Monday, March 25, 2013
  43. Andy  Barr  KY-6 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  44. Dan  Benishek  MI-1 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  45. Steve  Chabot  OH-1 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  46. Tim  Huelskamp  KS-1 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  47. Bill  Huizenga  MI-2 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  48. Trey  Radel  FL-19 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  49. Todd  Rokita  IN-4 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  50. Glenn  Thompson  PA-5 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  51. Dina  Titus  NV-1 Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  52. Howard  Coble  NC-6 Wednesday, April 10, 2013
  53. Chris  Collins  NY-27 Wednesday, April 10, 2013
  54. Kurt  Schrader  OR-5 Thursday, April 11, 2013
  55. Lee  Terry  NE-2 Thursday, April 11, 2013
  56. Robert J.  Wittman  VA-1 Thursday, April 11, 2013
  57. William L.  Owens  NY-21 Friday, April 12, 2013
  58. Frederica S.  Wilson  FL-24 Friday, April 12, 2013
  59. Patrick T.  McHenry  NC-10 Monday, April 15, 2013
  60. Wm. Lacy  Clay  MO-1 Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  61. Kerry L.  Bentivolio  MI-11 Thursday, April 18, 2013
  62. Bill  Shuster  PA-9 Thursday, April 18, 2013
  63. Lynn  Jenkins  KS-2 Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  64. Billy  Long  MO-7 Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  65. Steve  Daines  MT Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  66. Mike J.  Rogers  MI-8 Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  67. Mark E.  Amodei  NV-2 Friday, April 26, 2013
  68. Charles J. "Chuck"  Fleischmann  TN-3 Friday, April 26, 2013
  69. Ted S.  Yoho  FL-3 Friday, April 26, 2013
  70. Darrell E.  Issa  CA-49 Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  71. Rodney P.  Frelinghuysen  NJ-11 Monday, May 6, 2013
  72. Blaine  Luetkemeyer  MO-3 Monday, May 6, 2013
  73. Andy  Harris  MD-1 Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  74. Peter T.  King  NY-2 Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  75. Steven M.  Palazzo  MS-4 Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  76. Austin  Scott  GA-8 Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  77. Scott R.  Tipton  CO-3 Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  78. Don  Young  AK Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  79. Jack  Kingston  GA-1 Monday, May 13, 2013
  80. John R.  Carter  TX-31 Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  81. Markwayne  Mullin  OK-2 Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  82. Sanford D.  Bishop  GA-2 Thursday, May 16, 2013
  83. Michael R.  Turner  OH-10 Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  84. Steven A.  Horsford  NV-4 Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  85. Tom  Price  GA-6 Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  86. Tom  Graves  GA-14 Thursday, May 23, 2013
  87. Richard  Hudson  NC-8 Friday, May 24, 2013
  88. Adam  Kinzinger  IL-16 Friday, May 24, 2013
  89. Tony  Cardenas  CA-29 Monday, June 3, 2013
  90. Doug  Collins  GA-9 Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  91. Scott  DesJarlais  TN-4 Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  92. Joe  Garcia  FL-26 Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  93. Mike  Pompeo  KS-4 Tuesday, June 11, 2013
  94. Robert A.  Brady  PA-1 Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  95. Stephen Lee  Fincher  TN-8 Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  96. Bob  Gibbs  OH-7 Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  97. Patrick  Murphy  FL-18 Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  98. Collin C.  Peterson  MN-7 Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  99. Pete  Sessions  TX-32 Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  100. Jeff  Duncan  SC-3 Thursday, June 20, 2013
  101. Mike  Kelly  PA-3 Thursday, June 20, 2013
  102. Fred  Upton  MI-6 Thursday, June 20, 2013
  103. Mick  Mulvaney  SC-5 Friday, June 28, 2013
  104. Bill, Jr.  Pascrell  NJ-9 Friday, June 28, 2013
  105. Bob  Goodlatte  VA-6 Tuesday, July 9, 2013
  106. Reid J.  Ribble  WI-8 Tuesday, July 9, 2013
  107. Lou  Barletta  PA-11 Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  108. Ileana  Ros-Lehtinen  FL-27 Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  109. Peter J.  Roskam  IL-6 Friday, July 19, 2013
  110. Jim  Jordan  OH-4 Monday, July 22, 2013
  111. Gus M.  Bilirakis  FL-12 Tuesday, July 23, 2013
  112. Eric A. "Rick"  Crawford  AR-1 Tuesday, July 30, 2013
  113. Rodney  Davis  IL-13 Tuesday, July 30, 2013
  114. Roger  Williams  TX-25 Tuesday, July 30, 2013
  115. Trey  Gowdy  SC-4 Thursday, August 1, 2013
  116. Candice S.  Miller  MI-10 Friday, August 2, 2013
  117. Tom  Rice  SC-7 Friday, August 2, 2013
  118. Doug  Lamborn  CO-5 Monday, September 9, 2013
  119. Scott  Perry  PA-4 Monday, September 9, 2013
  120. Joe  Wilson  SC-2 Monday, September 9, 2013
  121. Christopher P.  Gibson  NY-19 Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  122. Steve  Scalise  LA-1 Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  123. Ralph M.  Hall  TX-4 Thursday, September 12, 2013
  124. Loretta  Sanchez  CA-46 Thursday, September 12, 2013
  125. Jason T.  Smith  MO-8 Friday, September 27, 2013
  126. Michele  Bachmann  MN-6 Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  127. Diane  Black   TN-6 Wednesday, October 23, 2013
  128. Tom  Marino  PA-10 Wednesday, October 23, 2013
  129. Thomas J.  Rooney  FL-17 Wednesday, October 23, 2013
  130. Michael G.  Grimm  NY-11 Tuesday, November 12, 2013
  131. John  Shimkus  IL-15 Thursday, December 5, 2013
  132. Marlin A.  Stutzman  IN-3 Tuesday, December 10, 2013
  133. Keith J.  Rothfus  PA-12 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  134. Kevin  Cramer  ND Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  135. Bill  Flores  TX-17 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  136. Blake  Farenthold  TX-27 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  137. Greg  Walden  OR-2 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  138. Tom  Cotton  AR-4 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
  139. Timothy H.  Bishop  NY-1 Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  140. Tim  Griffin  AR-2 Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  141. Thomas E.  Petri  WI-6 Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  142. Cynthia M.  Lummis  WY Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  143. Sean P.  Duffy  WI-7 Thursday, February 27, 2014
  144. Joe  Courtney  CT-2 Thursday, February 27, 2014
  145. Tim  Murphy  PA-18 Thursday, February 27, 2014
  146. Ed  Perlmutter  CO-7 Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  147. Kenny  Marchant  TX-24 Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  148. Bradley  Byrne  AL-1 Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  149. Tom  McClintock  CA-4 Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  150. Stevan  Pearce  NM-2 Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  151. Devin  Nunes  CA-22 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
  152. Jeff  Miller  FL-1 Wednesday, March 26, 2014
  153. Steve  Southerland II FL-2 Thursday, April 3, 2014
  154. David  Jolly  FL-13 Tuesday, April 8, 2014
  155. Randy  Hultgren  IL-14 Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  156. Edward  Royce  CA-39 Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  157. Henry  Cuellar  TX-28 Wednesday, June 18, 2014
  158. K. Michael  Conaway  TX-11 Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  159. David  Schweikert  AZ-6 Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  160. Dutch C.A.  Ruppersberger  MD-2 Wednesday, July 16, 2014
  161. Vance M.  McAllister  LA-5 Friday, July 25, 2014


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