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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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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,[…]

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Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) Testifies Against Cigar Regulation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10,  2017   Yesterday Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture about the need for appropriations language exempting premium cigars from the FDA’s deeming rule. This testimony came during the Appropriations Committee’s annual members’ day. IPCPR applauds Congressman Posey and extends our thanks on behalf of[…]

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[…]

FDA Authority Clarification Act of 2015

Calmer heads could prevail in the 114th Congress as Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) recently introduced H.R. 2058, the “FDA Authority Clarification Act of 2015″   The proposed legislation would prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from banning tobacco products including cigars that have been on the shelves an in production since 2007. This would[…]

Old Fashioned Soda Fountains

My fellow Brothers and Sisters of the Leaf were talking the other night at our local cigar shop, and we start to reminisce about days gone by. The topic of the old fashioned drink fountains  (soda fountains if you are from NY) and the fine shops they were in. It was quite clear to me,[…]