Cigar News: PCA Hires Glynn Loope as State Advocacy Director

The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that Glynn Loope has officially joined PCA as the full time director of state advocacy. Loope will spearhead all state and local advocacy for the PCA in the continued fight against regulatory overreach, increased taxes, and smoking bans. Loope was most recently the executive director of the Cigar Read more about Cigar News: PCA Hires Glynn Loope as State Advocacy Director[…]

Cigar News: PCA Launches Members-Only Product HUB

The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that it is launching a brand new online platform for manufacturers to offer special deals, limited edition cigars, and PCA exclusives direct to PCA retail members. The PCA Product HUB is scheduled to launch on April 1, 2021 with the following products: Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Natural and Maduro with special Read more about Cigar News: PCA Launches Members-Only Product HUB[…]

Cigar News: Tarazona Cigars Donates $10,000 to PCA State Advocacy Fund

The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that Eddie Tarazona, Founder of Tarazona Cigars, has donated $10,000 to the PCA’s state advoacacy program to help the brick and mortar retailers defend against the onslaught of proposed tax hikes and smoking and flavor bans. PCA Executive Director Scott Pearce stated: “On behalf of the premium cigar Read more about Cigar News: Tarazona Cigars Donates $10,000 to PCA State Advocacy Fund[…]

Cigar News: TAA Donates $50,000 to PCA to Aid State Advocacy

The Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) Board of Directors voted at their Winter Meeting to donate $50,000 to the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) to aid in the industry’s growing work in local and state legislation impacting the premium cigar and pipe industry. CA Executive Director Scott Pearce noted: “The PCA would like to thank the Read more about Cigar News: TAA Donates $50,000 to PCA to Aid State Advocacy[…]

Cigar News: Dr. Gaby Kafie Steps Down as President of the Boutique Cigar Association

Dr. Gaby Kafie has announced he will be stepping down as the President of the Boutique Cigar Association (BCA) in order to focus his efforts on his business and family. Moving forward I will always be a loyal servant to the cause “in protecting our industry” but for now, I need some time off. The Read more about Cigar News: Dr. Gaby Kafie Steps Down as President of the Boutique Cigar Association[…]

Cigar News: Premium Cigar Industry Town Hall Scheduled for Sept 29

Last week, the PCA and CRA announced they would be holding an online Town Hall with leaders in the industry to discuss the recent legal victories, the current state of play in our advocacy, and some of the new ways we are working together moving forward. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest, registration for Read more about Cigar News: Premium Cigar Industry Town Hall Scheduled for Sept 29[…]

Cigar News: FDA Acknowledges their Huge Workload for Substantial Equivalence Reports and Offers Possible Deferment

On August 5th 2020, just 4 years after the FDA’s deeming regulations on the the cigar industry took effect, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration submitted a court filing which essentially proposed a program that will allow manufacturers to request a deferral on submitting substantial equivalence reports. Essentially it allows premium cigar manufacturers to apply Read more about Cigar News: FDA Acknowledges their Huge Workload for Substantial Equivalence Reports and Offers Possible Deferment[…]

Cigar News: Words A Premium Cigar Manufacturer/Brand Owner Never Want To See

“We completed our review of your Substantially Equivalent (SE) Report submitted under section 905(j) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and determined that the new tobacco product is not substantially equivalent to the predicate tobacco products listed in Appendix A…..“ These are the words that start the letter from the FDA Read more about Cigar News: Words A Premium Cigar Manufacturer/Brand Owner Never Want To See[…]

Cigar News: Casa Cuevas Cigars To Present “Retailer Only Access” Sales Event

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent cancellation of this years Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show, Casa Cuevas Cigars has announced today, they will extend a special week-long sales effort to all retailers starting Friday July 10th though July 17th. President of Casa Cuevas Cigars, Luis Cuevas Jr., said “With the PCA being cancelled, and Read more about Cigar News: Casa Cuevas Cigars To Present “Retailer Only Access” Sales Event[…]

Cigar News: DC Court of Appeals Rules Against FDA Warning Labels on Cigars

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of the Premium Cigar industry today, by striking down a former ruling that warning labels are required on cigar products. The court ruled that the FDA warning labels are “arbitrary and capricious.” The complete opinion of the court can Read more about Cigar News: DC Court of Appeals Rules Against FDA Warning Labels on Cigars[…]

Cigar News: PCA Announces Changes in Response to COVID-19

The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced yesterday, temporary changes to its staffing and programs as a result of the enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic hardships. In the press release they stated that as of July 15, the PCA staff will be furloughed, with benefits, as the board and executive committee Read more about Cigar News: PCA Announces Changes in Response to COVID-19[…]

Cigar News: PCA Cancels 2020 Trade Show

After much deliberations and plenty of social media conjecture, it is now verified that the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) has officially canceled their annual trade show for 2020. This is the first time in 87 years that the show has been canceled. Scott Pearce, executive director of the PCA noted in a prepared statement: “After Read more about Cigar News: PCA Cancels 2020 Trade Show[…]

Cigar News: PCA Launches Congressional Town Hall Series

Starting today at 1:30PM EDT, the Premium Cigar Association is launching a virtual town hall series. The association states : This new series will provide PCA members with a way to directly engage with Federal elected officials…The first in this series will be held Thursday, April 30th, and will feature a Q&A session with Rep. Read more about Cigar News: PCA Launches Congressional Town Hall Series[…]

Cigar News: Premium Cigar Industry Scores a Court Win

The premium cigar industry scored a big win in court today. The Premium Cigar Association sent out a press release that reads as follows:   ”Today, United States District Court Judge, Amit Mehta, threw out the warning requirements for premium cigars contending that the FDA did not properly analyze the different usage patterns between premium Read more about Cigar News: Premium Cigar Industry Scores a Court Win[…]