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»  U.S. House Appropriations Committee Bill Passes with Cigar Exemption Language (7/12/17)
»  Answer CRA's Challenge to Send 100,000 Petitions to Congress In Support of a Premium Cigar Exemption (5/11/17)
»  Agreement Reached on FDA Deeming Regulation Compliance Deadline Extensions Pending Further Review (5/2/17)
»  Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of IPCPR, CRA & CAA Legal Challenge to FDA Deeming Regulation (2/24/17)
»  CRA, IPCPR & CAA File Motion for Summary Judgment & Opening Brief in FDA Litigation(2/14/17)(UPDATED 3/24/17)
»  Senate Bill S.294 Introduced To Exempt Premium Cigars from FDA Regulation (2/2/17)
»  House Bill H.R. 564 Introduced To Block FDA Regulation Of Premium Cigars (1/13/17)
»  Cigar Industry Has Its Day In Court July 2017 (12/12/16)
»  Contact Your Senators/Representatives with IPCPR's Easy Premium Cigar Exemption Forms (10/5/16)
»  Cigar Rights of America Open Letter to US Presidential Candidates Regarding FDA (8/5/16)
»  IPCPR, CRA, and CAA File Lawsuit Against FDA (7/15/16)
»  FDA Tobacco Compliance Webinars (7/14/16)
»  IPCPR, NATO, and PTC Issue Joint Letter to FDA Director Regarding Regulation of Retailers as Manufacturers (6/27/16)
»  NATO Letter Helps Consumers Take Action on FDA Deeming Regulations (6/21/16)
»  Seven U.S. Senators Issue Joint Letter to FDA Commissioner Regarding New Requirements for Premium Cigar Manufacturers (6/7/16)
»  IPCPR, CAA, and CRA Issue Joint Statement on FDA Regulations (5/27/16)
»  IPCPR Launches FDA Toolbox for Manufacturers, Retailers & Consumers (5/13/16)
»  CRA Initiates Congressional and White House Petitions Regarding FDA Final Rule (5/12/16)
»  Our Perspective on the FDA's Final Determination on Tobacco Products - By Milan Tobacconists Owners David & Renée Meyer (5/5/16)
»  FDA Issues Final Determination on Tobacco Products, Including Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco (5/5/16)
»  FDA Issues Proposed Regulations on Tobacco Products, Including Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco (4/29/14)
»  Learn About Tobacco Legislation In Your State

 

     

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Bill Passes with Cigar Exemption Language (7/12/17)

In a press release, Cigar Rights of America (CRA) announced the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations debated the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill ("FY 18") and, by a voice vote, the full Committee passed a bi-partisan bill that included language to protect premium cigars from proposed FDA regulation. CRA applauded the passage of the bill and the inclusion of the language protecting premium cigars from unwarranted regulation by FDA and went on to thank both Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL), as well as members of the Appropriations Committee for their leadership in addressing this issue, and for protecting the small business premium cigar manufacturers and retailers of this country and the rights of adult consumers of premium cigars. J. Glynn Loope, Executive Director of CRA, stated upon the bill's passage, "The action taken today by the House Committee on Appropriations for a second consecutive year is yet again another clear and definitive statement that Congress never intended for premium cigars to be treated like other tobacco products." Loope continued, "Congress continues to recognize the unique differences between premium cigars, and this language is a symbol that any effort by FDA to regulate them would run contrary to the intent of Congress." CRA commended the organization's working partnership with the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association to advance this essential language calling for exemption from federal oversight of the premium cigar industry.

Courtesy of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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Answer CRA's Challenge to Send 100,000 Petitions to Congress In Support of a Premium Cigar Exemption (5/11/17)

Cigar Rights of America (CRA) is challenging cigar lovers and retailers alike to send 100,000 petitions to Congress in support of a premium cigar exemption because it is more important than ever that congress members hear from you now. And, CRA has made it very quick and easy! Please contact your member(s) in the United States House of Representatives and Senate today to ask that they support H.R. 564 and S. 294 respectively using CRA's online form -> Action Alert Form

The above Action Alert link is courtesy of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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Agreement Reached on FDA Deeming Regulation Compliance Deadline Extensions Pending Further Review (5/2/17)

From Cigar Rights of America ~ 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, 2016 Rule deeming cigars and pipe tobacco to be tobacco products subject to FDA regulation.

In the context of the litigation, the FDA has announced an extension of upcoming compliance deadlines under the deeming rule. Specifically, on May 1, 2017, the United States Department of Justice advised the United States District Court for the District of Columbia that the FDA will extend and defer enforcement of all future compliance deadlines under the Rule for three months, and that it plans to issue guidance to that effect.

The United States Department of Justice informed the court that new leadership at the United States Department of Health and Human Services wish additional time to more fully consider the issues raised in the Rule. For example, the deadline for submission of product listings, previously June 30, 2017, will now be September 30, 2017. The three month extension applies to all future scheduled deadlines whether they fall in 2017, 2018, or later.

IPCPR Chief Executive Officer Mark Pursell stated, "This is certainly good news for our retail and manufacturing community, given the nature of the rules the industry is facing, and the uncertainty they create. This gives everyone, the industry and the administration alike, time to revisit the regulation, to determine the best path forward." Cigar Rights of America Executive Director Glynn Loope added, "This extension speaks to the questions raised in the suit, and the recognized need by the new administration to review the nature and impact of the proposed regulations. It also speaks to the virtue of our multi-front strategy to mitigate the threat of these regulations. It spans both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and a courthouse in between."

The associations will collaborate on conveying additional information to the industry as it becomes available. A notice is expected to be published in the coming days further memorializing FDA's extension of compliance deadlines under the Rule.

Courtesy of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of IPCPR, CRA & CAA Legal Challenge to FDA Deeming Regulation (2/24/17)

From the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) ~ Earlier this week two separate amicus briefs were filed in support of the ongoing legal challenge by the IPCPR, Cigar Rights of America (CRA), and Cigar Association of America (CAA) to the recently implemented FDA deeming regulation. The Amicus Curiae, or "Friend of the Court," briefs are a process for non-involved parties to submit testimony, facts, and opinions that the court may not have access to during its normal proceedings. The first brief, filed by the State Attorneys General of Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, and Texas agreed with the crux of the lawsuit that FDA's final rule regulating premium cigar products is ultimately illegal. Concurrently, an additional brief was filed by Cause of Action (COA) Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to pursuing and defending personal liberty. Both briefs rightly point out the many shortcomings, fallacies and damaging elements included in and precipitated by the FDA's final rule, including 1) the clear lack of understanding of the economic fall out for small businesses, 2) a mitigation of the tax base used to fund state anti-smoking activities, and 3) an artificial definition of the marketplace by government regulation. IPCPR applauds these efforts by the Attorneys General and the COA - and thanks them for their support of premium cigar retailers, consumers, and manufacturers everywhere. We look forward to continuing our fight on behalf of small businesses and the premium cigar industry.

Courtesy of the IPCPR of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the IPCPR, please visit www.ipcpr.org.

 

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CRA, IPCPR & CAA File Motion for Summary Judgment & Opening Brief in FDA Litigation(2/14/17)(UPDATED 3/24/17)

Yesterday, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and Cigar Rights of America (CRA) filed a Motion for Summary Judgment and opening brief in the cigar industry's litigation challenging the FDA's Final Deeming Rule. This filing serves as the next phase in the premium cigar industry's joint litigation challenging FDA's Final Deeming Rule, which began in July 2016 with the Cigar Association of America, et al. v. Food and Drug Administration, et al. lawsuit in the same court. In filing the summary motion, the three industry associations are petitioning the court to vacate and set aside the Deeming Rule because it is unlawful and in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act as well as the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. Speaking about the filing, Glynn Loope, Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America said, "The premium cigar industry continues its adamant objection to the Deeming Rule and its defective implementation. This process has resulted in premium hand-made cigars being subjected to requirements that will cause irreparable economic harm to this artisan industry, and the Main Street America small businesses that rely upon it. We trust that the merits of our argument will demonstrate to the court that the Deeming Rule is fundamentally flawed and legally deficient." The trial on the joint industry lawsuit is schedule to be held on July 28, 2017.

UPDATE: The trial previously scheduled to be held on July 28, 2017, has been delayed. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the U.S Justice Department's request to push back the court date and has set the start of the trial for August 30, 2017.

Courtesy of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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Senate Bill S.294 Introduced To Exempt Premium Cigars from FDA Regulation (2/2/17)

United States Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has re-introduced legislation to exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation. Senate Bill S.294 was introduced with a total of 10 original sponsors and co-sponsors. The legislation's purpose is to define what constitutes a premium cigar and exempt the product category from regulations now in place under the FDA's Deeming Rule. The bill is identical to its predecessor in the 114th Congress, S.441, which had the support of 22 United States Senators.

 

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House Bill H.R. 564 Introduced To Block FDA Regulation Of Premium Cigars (1/13/17)

At the request of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and Cigar Rights of America (CRA), U.S. Representative Bill Posey of Florida has introduced the "Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2017," legislation crafted to block the FDA from imposing its regulations on the premium cigar industry and similar in nature to H.R. 662 introduced by Representative Posey in the 114th Congress. Representative Posey stated in a release, "The FDA is overstepping their authority and ignoring congressional intent by applying these burdensome regulations to premium cigars, which are not marketed to children," maintaining that the FDA's rule could negatively impact tens of thousands of jobs associated with cigar manufacturers and small businesses. Over 200 co-sponsors are typically required before a bill can be considered for a vote on the House floor, so we urge you to contact your local representatives here -> Action Alert Form <- and ask for their support of H.R. 564.

The above Action Alert link is courtesy of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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Cigar Industry Has Its Day In Court July 2017 (12/12/16)

In July 2016, three major cigar and tobacco industry associations filed a suit against the FDA's deeming rule. The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), Cigar Rights of America (CRA), and Cigar Association of America (CAA) asked the District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory injunction to "vacate, set aside and enjoin the enforcement of the final rule" because it violates numerous federal statutes as well as the federal rulemaking process, and now a court date has been set for July 28, 2017.

The complaint may be viewed here as a PDF-> IPCPR, CRA & CAA Lawsuit Against FDA

 

Courtesy of the IPCPR of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the IPCPR, please visit www.ipcpr.org.

 

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Contact Your Senators/Representatives with IPCPR's Easy Premium Cigar Exemption Forms (10/5/16)

The International Premium Cigars & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) has reinvigorated a grassroots campaign to try and exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation. Your elected officials will ultimately determine whether or not a premium cigar exemption is included in a minibus bill in December 2016 that will help protect us all from onerous new FDA regulations. It's a perfect time for cigar lovers to voice their concerns, as Congress is currently in recess and many of its members are back in their respective districts campaigning for one of the 469 seats up for election on November 8. "Our supporters in Congress have asked that cigar smokers show the FDA issue is important to the people," said Matt Dogali, IPCPR Senior Director of State Affairs. "This way, in December, it will be present in lawmaker's minds."

Please consider completing and submitting these quick and easy forms provided by the IPCPR to contact your senators/representatives and request support for this important provision. -> IPCPR Premium Cigar Exemption Form Submission to Senators ~ IPCPR Premium Cigar Exemption Form Submission to Representatives

Courtesy of the IPCPR of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the IPCPR, please visit www.ipcpr.org.

 

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Cigar Rights of America Open Letter to US Presidential Candidates Regarding FDA (8/5/16)

Cigar Rights of America (CRA) has issued an open letter to US presidential candidates Donald J. Trump, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Governor Gary Johnson to share the ways in which FDA regulations will negatively affect small businesses, cause economic and political harm to our Latin American trading partners, and infringe upon our customers' freedom to enjoy premium cigars. Over the next three months, we encourage you to take action and let your voice be heard by the individual candidates and their campaigns. We have converted the CRA's open letter into a PDF so you may view it in its entirety here -> CRA Open Letter to US Presidential Candidates

Courtesy of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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IPCPR, CRA, and CAA File Lawsuit Against FDA (7/15/16)

Three major cigar and tobacco industry associations filed a suit against the FDA's deeming rule. The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), Cigar Rights of America (CRA), and Cigar Association of America (CAA) are asking the District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory injunction to "vacate, set aside and enjoin the enforcement of the final rule" because it violates numerous federal statutes as well as the federal rulemaking process. We have converted the press release into a PDF so you may view it in its entirety here -> IPCPR, CRA & CAA File Lawsuit Against FDA

 

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FDA Tobacco Compliance Webinars (7/14/16)

The FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) hosts a series of webinars regarding federal tobacco regulations and archives them for future reference on its website. These webinars are designed to provide FDA tobacco compliance education and information to retailers and small business manufacturers. However, we believe these webinars may be equally beneficial to consumers of tobacco products so we're providing the following link as a courtesy to our customers -> FDA Tobacco Compliance Webinars

 

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IPCPR, NATO, and PTC Issue Joint Letter to FDA Director Regarding Regulation of Retailers as Manufacturers (6/27/16)

The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc. (NATO), and Pipe Tobacco Council (PTC) collectively submitted a formal request to Director Mitch Zeller of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products to conduct a regulatory impact analysis as required by the Federal Regulatory Flexibility Act on the impact of those provisions in the tobacco deeming regulations that regulate tobacco retailers as manufacturers if retailers purchase bulk pipe tobacco and subsequently sell small quantities to adult consumers and/or blend manufactured legal pipe tobaccos in-store.

The letter may be viewed in its entirety here as a PDF -> Letter to FDA Director Mitch Zeller

The Joint Letter was issued by the IPCPR to its members of which Milan Tobacconists is one. To learn more about the IPCPR, please visit www.ipcpr.org.

 

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NATO Letter Helps Consumers Take Action on FDA Deeming Regulations (6/21/16)

The FDA's tobacco deeming regulations that go into effect on August 8, 2016, will clearly have a significant impact on tobacco retailers like Milan Tobacconists and our customers by extension. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has distributed a letter with an action link to provide consumers of tobacco products with a quick and easy way to have your voices heard. We need to come together and fight for our rights to both operate and patronize small businesses, and we thank you in advance for taking the time to read the letter and take action here -> NATO Letter Urging Consumer Action

 

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Seven U.S. Senators Issue Joint Letter to FDA Commissioner Regarding New Requirements for Premium Cigar Manufacturers (6/7/16)

In the body of the letter, the seven senators not only expressed their dismay with FDA's decision, but they also posed and are seeking answers to questions as to how the FDA will manage and implement the provisions being imposed on the premium cigar industry. Their questions can help build the case that the FDA is unprepared and ill advised to pursue regulations on premium and large cigars. These senators and fourteen of their colleagues are co-sponsors of S. 441 which calls for an exemption from regulation for premium and large cigars. To date, the FDA has not responded to the letter.

The letter may be viewed in its entirety here as a PDF -> Letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD

Courtesy of Cigar Rights of America (CRA) of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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IPCPR, CAA, and CRA Issue Joint Statement on FDA Regulations (5/27/16)

In light of the recent bombshell we shared with you earlier in May, we hope you will receive some level of comfort knowing that three powerhouse non-profit organizations representing the tobacco industry have formed an alliance with regard to the FDA's regulations. The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR), Cigar Association of America (CAA), and Cigar Rights of America (CRA) issued the following joint statement to its membership on May 27, 2016:

"It has been a little over two weeks since FDA released the Final Rule regulating cigars and other tobacco products. The 499-page rule is complex and raises as many questions as it answers. As the three industry trade associations have said, issuance of the Final Rule is the beginning of a long process. We are issuing this joint letter to advise members of actions we're taking on behalf of the entire industry.

We have all been hard at work to understand exactly what the rule requires, and to explain its various provisions to each of you. It is important to remember that, in many respects, the industry can continue doing business as it has - while certain provisions become effective this year, others do not become effective for a year or more. The associations have met, and are committed to working together to address the issues we have, so the industry may prosper and grow. We have experienced and dedicated staff and professionals assisting us as we continue to advise you on the meaning of various provisions, in order that each of you can determine how they apply to you. That process continues, and we will provide regular updates.

We all understand the uncertainty caused by this regulated environment. Successfully addressing the challenges presented requires careful analysis and patience. We believe the industry needs to work together, and the associations are exploring issues relating to compliance, including engagement with FDA for clarity and guidance, as well as other legal, legislative, and regulatory options moving forward. To that end, the members of the Boards of Directors of the three associations have agreed not to take any independent action, either in the courts or at FDA, while joint industry strategies are being developed, and request that other industry members also not take any such action. If you have questions, about this or the status of our efforts, please get in touch with one of the associations. As always, we thank you for your continued support."

The Joint Statement was issued by the IPCPR to its members of which Milan Tobacconists is one. To learn more about the IPCPR, please visit www.ipcpr.org.

 

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IPCPR Launches FDA Toolbox for Manufacturers, Retailers & Consumers (5/13/16)

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) has launched the FDA Toolbox on the organization's newly designed IPCPR Legislative Center. The FDA Toolbox serves as a resource to help all of us better understand, comply with, and combat the new FDA regulations. The IPCPR FDA Toolbox web page will be updated daily with new resources, and there is an "Ask a Question" feature on the site where IPCPR staff will respond to your specific questions and concerns. This is the beginning, not the end for premium cigars and pipe tobacco products. The IPCPR and its partner organizations continue to pursue legislative relief and will possibly engage in litigation.

Courtesy of the IPCPR of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the IPCPR, please visit www.ipcpr.org.

 

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CRA Initiates Congressional and White House Petitions Regarding FDA Final Rule (5/12/16)

Cigar Rights of America (CRA) has initiated two new petitions to take action and protect the premium cigar industry from federal regulatory oversight in light of the recent final rule by FDA on premium cigars being subjected to "option 1." You can take action now by signing the petition calling on your Members of the House of Representatives and Senate to stand up for the small business premium cigar industry and your passion for great cigars: View/Sign Congressional Petition Here. If you wish to call on the Obama Administration to further review the FDA's final rule on premium cigars being subjected to federal regulatory oversight: View/Sign White House Petition Here. Thank you for your support!

Milan Tobacconists is a member of Cigar Rights of America's National Tobacconist Program. To learn more about the CRA, please visit www.cigarrights.org.

 

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Our Perspective on the FDA's Final Determination on Tobacco Products - By Milan Tobacconists Owners David & Renée Meyer (5/5/16)

Though impossible to shape a brief summary from a 499-page government document, this is what we've gathered through our own research and writings by authorities on the subject of tobacco regulation:

  • The FDA showed not an ounce of mercy for the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industries in its rulings announced today, completely ignoring the compelling logic to treat these products different from cigarettes.
  • Any tobacco product introduced after Feb. 15, 2007, will need to apply for FDA approval within two years of August 8, 2016, or be removed from the market. Any product introduced after August 8th will require FDA approval before entering the market. The application processing fees are currently estimated by the FDA to be hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Congress still has the power to enact the riders proposed by the House Appropriations Committee last month, which would cut FDA funding to regulate premium cigars and push the predicate date from February 15, 2007, to 2016.
  • Warning labels will be required on all tobacco products as of August 8, 2018.
  • The FDA intends to ban "characterizing flavors" from all tobacco products in the future though no timeframe was provided. This will, of course, have an impact on flavored cigars and aromatic pipe tobaccos.

What's to come? FDA's rules will go into effect on August 8, 2016, as things stand today. Walk-in humidors, internet sales, and flavored tobacco products are still permitted for now, but retailers and manufacturers will no longer be allowed to hand out free samples.

Cigar Rights of America (CRA) and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) will continue to fight the good fight in Congress and against the FDA's rulings.

The potential for many negative effects to manufacturers, retailers, and consumers abound, but we should all do our part whenever the opportunity arises to keep the traditions of cigar and pipe smoking alive no matter how diminished they may become in the future as a result of government regulations.

We will continue to update you here with additional information.

 

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FDA Issues Final Determination on Tobacco Products, Including Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco (5/5/16)

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final determination deeming additional tobacco products, including premium cigars and pipe tobacco, subject to its authority under the Tobacco Control Act. The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' (IPCPR) policy team is reviewing this complex determination (499 pages) and will provide a further update concerning its impact on retail tobacconists like Milan Tobacconists and our customers. The FDA's regulation of premium cigars if left unchecked would have a devastating impact on retailers and manufacturers alike. Consumers will have less choice. Youth access is simply not an issue in the premium cigar space where 35,000 Americans earn their living along with over 300,000 employees in the Caribbean Basin. Fortunately, the industry's legislative strategy continues to be implemented, including language recently adopted by the Appropriations Agricultural Subcommittee disallowing any funding of FDA regulation of premium cigars. Bills HR662 and S441 exempting premium cigars and pipe tobacco continue to gain co-sponsors as the IPCPR pursues a legislative solution to unneeded and harmful government intrusion.

Courtesy of the IPCPR of which Milan Tobacconists is a member. To learn more about the IPCPR, please visit www.ipcpr.org.

 

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FDA Issues Proposed Regulations on Tobacco Products, Including Premium Cigars & Pipe Tobacco (4/29/14)

On April 24, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed regulations to extend the authority of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) to additional tobacco products, which include premium cigars and pipe tobacco. Currently, the agency oversees cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. The FDA released two options for consideration during the 75-day public comment period, which began on April 25th and concludes on July 9, 2014. Option 1 would extend the agency's regulatory authority to all categories of tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes, nicotine gels, hookah tobacco, and dissolvables. Option 2 would extend the FDA's regulatory authority to all categories of tobacco products, excluding premium cigars and related accessories.

Public comments, data, and research submitted during the public comment period will be reviewed and used to determine which provisions are enacted. We believe it is important that you become engaged in the process in order to protect your rights as cigar and pipe smokers. For your convenience, we are providing the following Regulations.gov links to access both the FDA's proposed rule and the public comment form should you choose to voice your opinion:

FDA Proposed Rule
Public Comment Form

 

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Learn About Tobacco Legislation In Your State
If you are interested in learning about current smoking-related legislation in your state, we suggest visiting the International Premium Cigars and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) legislation webpage -> www.ipcpr.org/legislation.html.

 


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