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FDA Moves On Tobacco, Could Spare Premium Cigars

The Editors
Posted: April 24, 2014

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This is a developing story; expect updates on this website and look for expanded coverage in the next Cigar Insider newsletter. 

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Arthur Hoge — Calhoun, Ga, U.S.,  —  April 24, 2014 6:05pm ET

First,,I would like to know,,"What kind of restrictions?",,second,which is my comment,,Here we go again with yet another government agency,dictating what I can,,and cannot not do in my own home,,or automobile.For all of those who use the argument that second -hand smoke causes more harm than smoking itself,,my advice,,,start smoking,,the problem I see is another "CONTROL" being utilized by the government,hopefully,the smokers will win out in this debate.LOOK,,if anyone doesn't want to smoke,,FINE,,that's your business,,but please,,don't invade my privacy by outlawing something that doesn't effect you.

peter chechotko — sparwood, british columbia, canada,  —  April 24, 2014 7:18pm ET

as a cra, member and a cigar aficionado, I think we should , contact and thank our legislative members for steering in the right direction. a pat on the shoulder can be more encouraging than a boot in the ass.

Tom Baldinette — Wake Forest, NC, USA,  —  April 24, 2014 10:33pm ET

OK great, but before you run around thanking everyone involved, think about it because the devil is in the details. As in, with the $10 and 6 lb. per hundred units thresholds proposed, most (over 90%) of today's "premium" cigars will fall outside of the FDA's "new" premium definition and become subjected to their full scrutiny and sets of regulations. So really, what are being sought to protect are the already higher-priced cigar lines, with the others either succumbing to the higher costs of regulation, or raising prices to the consumer to cover them and/or get into that shielded category. In turn, putting cigars out of reach for many, and back into the category of an "elitist" pursuit. Maybe not an issue to most CA readers, but overall, that is the big picture as I see it. Please feel free to correct me if you think I'm wrong as I sincerely hope that I am.

Marc Campbell — Tomball, Texas, United States,  —  April 30, 2014 4:02pm ET

Great article. I am attempting to make a write up for the comment at the FDA. Would be great if you had a link to an example comment to assist. One that makes references to the same as you have in your article.

Loren Grummons — Bellaire, Texas, USA,  —  May 3, 2014 8:39am ET

Here we go again, the feds are happy to exempt rich people from rules imposed on us little people.

But mostly, the premium cigar carve out is a gift to premium cigar makers. The rule guarantees high prices for them and protection from potential competitors.

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