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Congress Moves Towards Premium Cigar Exemption

With all the disasters this country has seen over the past few weeks, something good came out of Washington today as the House of Representatives passed the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018, H.R. 3354. Why is that so great you ask? Well in H.R. 3354 is language that would provide a[…]

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District Court Denies Public Health Groups Motion to Intervene in Lawsuit

BREAKING CIGAR NEWS The Cigar Rights of America (CRA) reports: Today, the District Court for the District Columbia rejected the motion of six public health groups to immediately intervene in the premium cigar industry’s joint lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The six groups, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society[…]

FDA Extends Cigar Pre-Market Deadline

It’s been a busy week in Washington, D.C.,  what with all the hoopla and such about the healthcare, administration shakeups,  and the never-ending Russia story. One thing that is not talked much about on the left or right mainstream news is the latest with regards to cigar regulation. Sometimes the only way the cigar business[…]

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Cigar Industry Talks about FDA Rules

During the 2017 IPCPR I took some time with numerous brand owners to talk about their blends and business in general. One of the questions I asked, was how are they handling the FDA regulations on the cigar industry. It is just about a year (August 8, 2016) since the FDA clamped down on our[…]

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Agreement Reached on Suspension of FDA Cigar Regulations

BREAKING NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Since July 15, 2016, Cigar Association of America (CAA), Cigar Rights of America (CRA), and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) have been pursuing litigation in federal court against the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), challenging the FDA’s May 10,[…]

Cigar Industry Lawsuit Against FDA’s Deeming Rule Moves Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Cigar Association of America, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association and Cigar Rights of America filed a Motion for Summary Judgment and opening brief in the cigar industry’s litigation challenging the FDA’s[…]

Congressmen Send Letter to Vice President Pence

From the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) association: Today the IPCPR sent an announcement to all members of the IPCPR, that 3 Congressmen have sent a letter to the new administration, specifically Vice President Pence,asking to suspend enforcement of the recent cigar regulations passed last year. The announcement follows: “On behalf of the[…]

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The Alpha Cigars Defuser Claro – Rough Cut Cigar Review

Its been a few months since I spoke with Justin Hansen from Alpha Cigars. In fact it was at the Save the Leaf event in Washington, DC back on August 8th. I would like to take just a moment to thank Justin for coming out to the event and showing his support. As a small and[…]

US Allows Cuban Cigars and Rum

This past Friday, the US Government took the next step to opening relations with the island nation of Cuba. Starting immediately, US citizens will be allowed to return from trips abroad to the US with unlimited quantities of Cuban Cigars and Rum, regardless of what country they were purchased. Of course the same duty rules apply[…]

Save the Leaf Cigar Freedom Event Day 2 – sponsored by Gurkha Cigars

Now that I made it home from Washington D.C. after long delays and flight cancellations on Delta Airlines, I can talk some more about the Save the Leaf weekend held August 6 – 8 in Washington D.C.. Day 2 of Save the Leaf was sponsored by Gurkha Cigars, and we can’t thank them enough for[…]

Cigar Regulations

Cigar Regulation Day of Reckoning – Save The Leaf

So here it is Monday,  August 8, 2016, a day that will live in the hearts and souls of cigar smokers across the United States. A day where the Government stretched the limits of law and finally entered our humidors with cigar regulation.  This day is one that many will remember for years to come.[…]

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Save The Leaf Day 1

Day 1 of the Save The Leaf weekend is in the books,and what a day it was. I arrived in College Park Maryland around 11AM Saturday morning and as I sat outside the hotel  I fired up a cigar and within in moments I met a new Brother of the Leaf, John, who just got[…]

CRA Delivers An Open Letter To The Presidential Candidates for the United States

August 5, 2016 The Cigar Rights of America (CRA) today, has taken the  fight against the FDA to the highest level, by sending an open letter to the top 3 presidential candidates Donald J. Trump, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Governor Gary Johnson. According to the CRA: CRA has issued an open letter to Donald[…]

Law Suit against FDA Cigar Regulation filed in Federal Court

Enrique Fernando Sanchez Icaza and Global Premium Cigars, LLC have filed a law suit against the FDA on June 1, 2016. In this complaint, the Plaintiffs are suing in there official capacity, Defendant Robert Califf, M.D.,  Commissioner of Food and Drugs who is the senior official of the FDA, and Defendant Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of[…]