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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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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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In addition to advocating on your behalf as a premium cigar enthusiast, we're providing you the information you need to be a well-informed consumer with regard to those who are working to take that right away.

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