Smoker's Rights


The FDA is beginning to put in place its overreaching regulations on the premium cigar industry, selecting Option 1 for their deeming rule. If these FDA powers and controls are left unchecked, it will prove devastating to cigar makers, retailers and consumers like you.

YOU CAN STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Sign this petition today to protect and preserve your freedom of choice, the small businesses that comprise the premium cigar industry, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that rely on its survival. Anti-smoking advocates argue for these regulations on the basis of youth access, which is simply not an issue; what is at hand are the exorbitant costs manufacturers clearly will face to cut through FDA red tape and stay alive. These costs must be transferred to retailers and ultimately, consumers - forcing you to pay significantly more for the cigars you enjoy. CLICK THE LINK and sign the petition now to protect your rights:


An important message to our Famous Smoke Shop customers:

On May 5th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced its final, 499-page ruling regarding their authority and intent to regulate cigars under the Tobacco Control Act. As we take the necessary time to examine all of the information in this lengthy document, there are a few important things that cigar enthusiasts like you should know:

  1. There is no exemption for premium cigars in this FDA rule.
  2. The rule calls for a predicate date of February 15 2007, meaning any cigar introduced after that date will be required to go through an expensive and time-consuming approval process by 2018 to stay on the market.

Many more regulations are included in this new FDA document, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to digest this ruling and discuss its impact with our cigar manufacturer partners. Famous Smoke Shop remains committed to providing you the cigars you enjoy at the lowest possible prices, and to defending your right as a responsible adult to enjoy the premium cigars you love. Those efforts continue through proposed legislation that limits the enforcement of the FDA rule, and to protect you – the consumer – from these new, overreaching regulations.

For more information:

  • If you’d like to view the entire 499-page text of the FDA deeming rule, you can read it here. (PDF)
  • FDA issued a press release detailing the actions the agency took on May 5; you can read it here.
  • Cigar Aficionado has published a brief summary, with quotes, of the ruling’s effect. Click here to read it.
  • Cigar Rights of America (CRA) has issued their response to this new ruling; read it here.
  • Halfwheel has summarized some of the top level issues into a 5 point list of takeaways; you can read it here.

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.

Famous Smoke is a secure retailer of the finest cigars online at the web's best prices. Please note that Famous Smoke Shop does not sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 (or the minimum age in your local jurisdiction, whichever is higher). Note also that it is unlawful to even attempt to purchase cigars below the minimum age. If you are not of legal age, please do not enter our site.
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