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 Cigar Bill Update

We recently reported that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was introducing a new Senate bill to exempt premium cigars from the FDA Tobacco Regulations. As noted this bill was to be similar to the one he previously introduced with former Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. We have now learned more details on the current bill S-9. Read more about Cigar News: Senator Rubio Cigar Bill Update[…]

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[…]

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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[…]

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, Read more about Agreement Reached on Suspension of FDA Cigar Regulations[…]

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 Read more about Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) Testifies Against Cigar Regulation[…]

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 Read more about Save the Leaf Cigar Freedom Event Day 2 – sponsored by Gurkha Cigars[…]

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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. Read more about Cigar Regulation Day of Reckoning – Save The Leaf[…]

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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 Read more about Save The Leaf Day 1[…]

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 Read more about CRA Delivers An Open Letter To The Presidential Candidates for the United States[…]

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 Read more about Law Suit against FDA Cigar Regulation filed in Federal Court[…]

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 Read more about FDA Authority Clarification Act of 2015[…]