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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]