Editors' Note: Cigars for the Troops

Editors' Note: Cigars for the Troops
Photo/David Yellen
So many things are wrong with the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of the cigar industry that it’s easy to overlook one of the most egregious prohibitions. We’re talking about the government’s ban on cigar companies giving away samples of cigars, which prohibits manufacturers from donating cigars to American troops. Prior to 2016, it was common for makers of handmade cigars to donate cigars to American troops, particularly those serving abroad. But that year, a new set of FDA regulations was passed that included a prohibition on free samples, a restriction that made these charitable donations illegal. Have you ever heard of a more ridiculous government prohibiti…
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