Drew Newman

Cigar News: Drew Newman testified alongside Premium Cigar Association President John Anderson.

This morning, the U.S. Small Business Administration held a public roundtable on the regulation of premium cigars at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Fourth generation cigar maker Drew Newman testified alongside Premium Cigar Association President John Anderson.  Drew described his family’s 124-year history of rolling premium cigars.   Using The American as an example, he explained how Read more about Cigar News: Drew Newman testified alongside Premium Cigar Association President John Anderson.[…]

Cigar News: Largest Premium Cigar Manufacturers Challenge Improper FDA Regulation

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 — Washington, DC — The largest manufacturers in the premium cigar industry today filed a joint comment with the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) opposing the agency’s Proposed Substantial Equivalence (“SE”) Rule, which would require manufacturers to submit to an extensive application and testing regime to keep any “non-grandfathered” cigars on the market. Read more about Cigar News: Largest Premium Cigar Manufacturers Challenge Improper FDA Regulation[…]

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Cigar News: FDA ALERT!!

It seems the Government just can’t get things right. Even with the the current set of regulations that the FDA is trying to slap on the premium cigar industry, lawmakers this week have drafted a comprehensive bill that would extend cigarette regulations to all other tobacco products like premium cigars. The bill is the work Read more about Cigar News: FDA ALERT!![…]

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Cigar News: Senator Rubio Takes Another Shot for the Cigar Industry

Another year and a new congress takes hold as we once again take the fight to exempt premium cigars from FDA regulations. Back in July of 2018, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fl  took to the Senate floor to fight for the premium cigar industry and co-sponored a bill, with then Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla, to free Read more about Cigar News: Senator Rubio Takes Another Shot for the Cigar Industry[…]

Cigar Industry Scores Another Victory

The premium cigar industry can chalk up another victory in their ongoing battle to win exemption from the US FDA’s deeming regulations on tobacco. Yesterday, D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta issued an injunction prohibiting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration from enforcing its warning label requirements on cigars and pipe tobacco. The injunction order Read more about Cigar Industry Scores Another Victory[…]

Senators Send Letter to FDA on Premium Cigar Exemption

The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Association reports that 17 US Senators sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlining the need for the quick adoption of a premium cigar definition by the agency and the ultimate exemption of that product category from current FDA regulations.  The letter was a bi-partisan effort led Read more about Senators Send Letter to FDA on Premium Cigar Exemption[…]

The Louvre - Paris

EU Hits US Cigar Companies With Tariff

In the ongoing trade war between the US and countries around the world, the 28 state European Union announced retaliatory import tariffs on a number of US products. One of those products is cigars coming from US based companies. The EU has declared it will impose a 25% import tariff on cigars in retaliation for the Read more about EU Hits US Cigar Companies With Tariff[…]

Last Weeks Social Media Cigar News and Questions – May 18, 2018

Welcome  to  the second installment of Last Weeks Social Media Cigar News and Questions, where your’s truly, Boston Jimmie, scrapes through Cigar Social Media Channels, Groups, and individual posts to find topics of interest for the week. Of course, once I write this, my friend Kap Kaplowitz will take it all in and shred it; like Read more about Last Weeks Social Media Cigar News and Questions – May 18, 2018[…]

US Congress

Premium Cigar Amendment added to the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill

Today the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations adopted an amendment to the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill  that was proposed by Congressmen Cole and Bishop. The amendment adds bill language to modernize the February 2007 predicate date for certain tobacco products. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-20. If it remains in the Read more about Premium Cigar Amendment added to the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill[…]

FDA Alert!!

From the International Premium Cigars and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Association The FDA has finally published its long awaited notice on premium cigars. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) was released earlier today, and as anticipated, seeks input from industry, other stakeholders and the public on if and how the agency should define and regulate premium cigars differently Read more about FDA Alert!![…]

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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 Read more about Congress Moves Towards Premium Cigar Exemption[…]

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 Read more about District Court Denies Public Health Groups Motion to Intervene in Lawsuit[…]

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 Read more about FDA Extends Cigar Pre-Market Deadline[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Industry Talks about FDA Rules[…]