Cigar Smokers Rights
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.
etc - as THE SAME kind of product. We don't want that to happen.
FDA would consider premium cigars - defined as:
- wrapped in whole tobacco leaf;
- contains a 100 percent leaf tobacco binder;
- contains primarily long filler tobacco;
- is made by combining manually the wrapper,
filler, and binder;
- has no filter, tip, or non-tobacco mouthpiece and is capped by hand;
- 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!
- does not have a characterizing flavor other than tobacco; and
- weighs more than 6 pounds per 1000 units.
some questions, and are open for public comment -
including supporting facts and evidence - on whether or
not you agree with their proposed rules.
specifically, the FDA is
posing to YOU, the cigar
- 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?
Research starting April 25.
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.
- and to read the
- 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.
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Famous Cigar Blog
For 75 years, Famous Smoke Shop has dutifully served millions of cigar smokers, supporting their freedom to enjoy premium handmade cigars wherever and whenever they choose. Sadly, that freedom is under attack by an anti-smoking movement who, through a variety of tactics (including support for burdensome cigar taxes and lobbying for restrictive smoking bans), seek to revoke your simple right to choose.
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.
We are fighting for you. We are empowering you to do the same.