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Posey Reintroduces Bill To Block FDA Regulation Of Premium Cigars

Jan 13, 2017 | By Gregory Mottola
Posey Reintroduces Bill To Block FDA Regulation Of Premium Cigars

The bill is back. Today on Capitol Hill, U.S. Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) reintroduced a house bill, called the "Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2017," to block the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's efforts to impose its regulation on the premium cigar industry.

"This is about freedom for adults to enjoy a legal product and preventing small businesses from getting caught up in regulations that were never intended for them," said Posey in an official release. "The FDA is overstepping their authority and ignoring congressional intent by applying these burdensome regulations to premium cigars, which are not marketed to children."

Posey maintains that the FDA's rule could negatively impact the tens of thousands of jobs associated with cigar manufacturers and small businesses. His legislation would give an exemption to hand-rolled premium cigars from FDA regulation.

The legislation (H.R. 662) was first introduced in 2015, but the bill didn't pass under the last Congress (114th).

As of today, the reintroduced bill already has 30 co-sponsors. Typically, a bill requires about 218 co-sponsors before it's up for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

"The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was intended to keep teens and children from smoking," said George Cecala, spokesman for Congressman Posey on a phone call to Cigar Aficionado. "Premium cigars do not market to teenagers. We know that. The FDA has overstepped its bounds. Their regulation puts small business in jeopardy and affects the freedoms of adults to enjoy a legal product."

FDA
"Recall folks, the 114th Congress was ALL REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED! Lets not get ahead of ourselves. This battle is NO where near over!" —January 15, 2017 10:20 AM
"The FDA oversteps its bounds by existing in the first place." —January 14, 2017 18:54 PM
"You're right John C. This is not a partisan issue. We've got friends on the other side who also love the leaf." —January 14, 2017 18:32 PM
"What Kevin Levi said above: what about pipe tobacco?? Yes, it's not 'cigars', but same excuse for the FDA to keep hands off applies." —January 14, 2017 18:11 PM
"Thanks for the news Greg I had no idea. I hope this turns around with the Republicans as the majority. Our rights are being decided for us." —January 14, 2017 16:53 PM
"Way to throw Pipe Tobacco under the bus. " —January 14, 2017 16:41 PM
"The left in the country have been waging war on premium handmade cigars for a long time. It is a hobby of theirs just like attacking the 2nd amendment. I have been around politics quite some time.Do your homework and see who has been behind the curtain on these attacks. Same old swamp dwellers that have been in DC for 30-50 years." —January 14, 2017 16:24 PM
"I own a healthcare company, and we deal with FDA routinely. Though the FDA is necessary, there are many ridiculous regulations even with healthcare. But premium cigars? Just imagine, the FDA even now says that companies can't donate cigars to our military forces. Hmmm. They're old enough and intelligent enough to put themselves in front of a bullet for the rest of us, but we can't show any appreciation and donate cigars for them to enjoy when they decompress after some unpleasant things they have to do? So after putting their lives on the line for us, we can't even gift cigars to them so they don't have to pay for cigars themselves. Come on!!!! Hope this bill passes, and thank you to our lawmakers who will hopefully be successful in this endeavour!" —January 14, 2017 15:39 PM
"Get a grip, Mr. Pig. Turning this into a partisan issue is bound to limit it's support. There are cigar smokers on both sides of the isle that disagree with the FDA. " —January 14, 2017 15:37 PM
"How difficult is it for those "Progressive" politicians to mind thier own districts, keeping them safe, effecitve schools and keeping jobs? Instead they waste time attempting to regulate our lives and businesses." —January 14, 2017 15:06 PM
"The problems stem from progressives and the left. Simply review the The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control act, who runs this FDA program, who brought him in (Clinton) who passed the bill, all Democrats and progressive Republicans, which president signed the bill, Obama and how all those people think about government powers and your freedom! The FDA kills people with their onerous regulations. It is a giant money pit built to grow government, the administrative state, and support those leaving their government posts and provide them a cushy job as a lobbyist... Where in the Constitution does it say that the Federal Government has the ability to control what you consume? Tax it they can... All the rest is overreach. Most in Congress are completely ignorant of Federalism and what it means to be American, certainly what freedom means... " —January 14, 2017 14:42 PM
"We need common sense laws!! Anyone who thinks that teens purchase premium cigars is out of their mind. Hopefully this bill will pass!!!" —January 13, 2017 17:44 PM

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