Representatives Sign On To Cigar Exemption Bill

Representatives Sign On To Cigar Exemption Bill

Congressional support for a bill that seeks to exempt traditional and handmade cigars from burdensome FDA regulations continues to grow as three representatives recently signed on as co-sponsors.

Reps. Andy Biggs, of Arizona’s 5th District, Warren Davidson, of Ohio’s 8th District and Debbie Lasko, of Arizona’s 8th District, are now co-sponsors of H.R. 564. All three are Republicans.

H.R. 564 was introduced in 2017 by Bill Posey (R-FL) and looks to exempt “traditional large and premium cigars” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s onerous tobacco regulations outlined in its Final Deeming Rule, released in 2016. The bill also seeks to exempt traditional and handmade cigars from the FDA’s costly user fees and is the companion bill to S. 294.

H.R. 564, also known as the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act, now has 147 bipartisan co-sponsors representing 38 states.