Cigar Aficionado

Petition to Protect Premium Cigars Reaches Signature Threshold

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.

If you still have not signed the petition or would like to read the full text, click here.

For more, read Bill Would Prevent FDA Cigar Regulation

"I also joined the CRA and the website made it easy to contact my legislators and have my position known. The FDA has enough to do without worrying about cigars." —May 5, 2012 12:46 PM
"I joined the CRA and made sure my in MD.knew my position on keeping the FDA away from our cigars." —April 28, 2012 22:57 PM
"Great support, we must do everything possible to defeat this proposed legislation. Freedom to choose is a right." —April 27, 2012 05:28 AM
"I'm a noobie in the cigar world but I helped." —April 26, 2012 20:26 PM