Half of Pennsylvania’s 18 representatives earlier this week signed and sent a letter to President Trump that urges his administration to roll back the “onerous, job-killing regulations” that burden the premium cigar industry.
Like their law-making brethren in Florida, the nine Pennsylvania representatives who signed the letter are asking the Trump administration to re-examine the regulations through the lens of Executive Order 13924. Passed in May, EO 13924 calls on agencies to provide or extend regulations that promote job creation and economic growth, and also provide regulatory relief to businesses as they recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ever since the FDA deemed in 2016 that premium cigars needed to be regulated like other tobacco products, cigar manufacturers and retail shop owners have been hit with burdensome and costly regulations such as warning plans, user fees and marketing restrictions.
Pennsylvania is home to major cigar retailers such as Cigars International, Holt’s and Famous Smoke, and also is a tobacco-growing state. Along with Florida, it is one of two states without a cigar tax.
“The premium cigar industry has a rich history in Pennsylvania and the state is home to the entire industry supply chain, including small business retail stores, tobacco farmers and numerous mail-order businesses employing thousands of Pennsylvanians,” wrote the representatives in the letter.
The representatives later said that eliminating “these regulations will preserve jobs and small businesses in each of our districts and across the country. If these regulations are permitted to remain in force, these businesses will close their doors and a niche industry which has existed for hundreds of years will be fundamentally destroyed.”
The nine representatives, all Republican, who signed the letter are: Daniel P. Meuser, Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, Scott Perry, Brian Fitzpatrick, Lloyd Smucker, John Joyce, Guy Reschenthaler and Fred Keller.