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FDA Cigar Legislation: How The FDA Took My Stogies Away

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Tommy Zman tells you about pending FDA cigar legislation and what you can do to help!

Come on and sing it with me, cigar lovers…

The FDA took my stogies away, they took ‘em away, away from me

The FDA took my stogies away, they took ‘em away, away from me…

Ah, the Ramones classic with a new twist. Yeah, those crazy pranksters over at the Food and Drug Administration are causing quite a stir here in the land of premium tobacco goodness. With the threat of FDA cigar legislation hanging over our heads daily, I think it’s important to let you all know what could happen to premium cigars if we don’t protect our rights. Those cut ups are all lathered up about controlling the cigar industry, you know, regulating it the way the government does best. Or should I say OVER REGULATING the living hell out of EVERYTHING they get their mitts on!

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CRA Update from the States and Washington, D.C.

FLORIDA OUTDOOR SMOKING BILLS SLOWING DOWN...

Indicators are telling us that the legislation to allow local governments to enact outdoor smoking restrictions in Florida is coming to an end for 2013 – but they’ll be back.

Committees with purview over SB 258 and HB 439 are not scheduled to meet again this year, and the opposition, namely Florida State Senator Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, are waving the white flag for this year, noting of his effort to allow for such outdoor smoking ordinances, “If it’s not dead, it’s on life support in the House.” Senator Bradley has vowed to renew his efforts, and to search for compromise next year. That’s why we cannot stop talking to our state legislators when they leave the state capitol.

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Keeping the Nanny State Out of Your Treasury – The Kansas Way

By J. Glynn Loope, Exec. Dir. | Cigar Rights of America

With the clamor and flow of awards for the movie ‘Lincoln,’ it seemed appropriate to draw from words of the former President, that link to our modern era, and the effort to protect cigars from the onslaught of local, state and federal legislation.

Lincoln noted, “It has been my experience that those with no vices have few virtues. They just haven’t lived enough to have enough true virtues. For living, truly living, means encountering vices which you hold so dearly, that you never leave them.”

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CRA Facilitates International Support Against FDA Regulation of Cigars

Fairfield, VA -- Cigar Rights of America announced this week a dramatic new measure in the effort to combat federal regulation of cigars. CRA has not just been working the halls of Congress since legislation was filed to protect cigars from potentially threatening regulations by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The organization has also been engaging in a brand of shuttle diplomacy among the primary cigar producing nations of Latin America.

Last week, following several months of meetings and groundwork, a joint letter was issued by the Ambassadors to the United States for Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
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The Traditional Cigar Manufacturing & Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2013 is now H.R. 792

Cigar Rights of America News

Washington, D.C. -- On December 21, 2012, the President’s Administration again noted its intent to bring cigars under the domain of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The threat is real. Between April 2010 and December 2012, the federal government told us they were coming after our humidors, seven times.

As you know, throughout 2012, tremendous progress was made to advance H.R. 1639 and S. 1461 so that the legislative process could help protect our passion for a great cigar.

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More Local Governments Need to Think like Cottage Grove, Minnesota

(Cigar Rights of America)

Cottage Grove, Minnesota has just over 35,000 residents, and touts a strong quality of life and pro-business climate. Their web site states that they are �Where pride and prosperity meet.� Sounds like Americana, at its best. In our view, it is also a place to be emulated by local governments across the nation.

This week, the Cottage Grove City Council voted unanimously to reject a smoking ban in their city parks. With the proposed ordinance, the only exceptions would have been for private functions, and on their municipal River Oaks Golf course.

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