The Cigar Rights of America and the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association had just thirty days to collect 25,000 signatures in order for the White House to review their petition to protect premium cigars from government regulation.
Turns out the pro-cigar groups only needed 15.
In a testament to the solidarity of the cigar industry, 25,389 cigar enthusiasts from all 50 states answered the CRA and IPCPR’s calls for help and signed a formal petition that asks President Obama to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from regulating premium cigars. The petition was submitted to the White House’s “We the People” website on April 11.
According to the “We the People” website, now that the petition has passed the signature threshold, members of the White House staff will now review the petition and channel it to the proper policy offices for a response.
“We are thrilled with the outcome that in 15 days, the CRA and IPCPR were able to galvanize 25,000 cigar enthusiasts,” said Glynn Loope, executive director of the CRA.
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