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TAA Donates $50,000 To FDA Lawsuit

Aug 16, 2016 | By Blake Droesch
TAA Donates $50,000 To FDA Lawsuit
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The Tobacconists' Association of America has made a substantial donation to the fight against FDA cigar regulation.

Comprised of American premium cigar and pipe retailers, the TAA has contributed $50,000 to be split equally among the legal funds of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers association and the Cigar Rights of America. The two organizations, along with the Cigar Association of America, are leading a joint lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"It's another act of unison within the industry to battle this business-killing and difficult-to-comply ruling by the FDA. The litigation will be very costly and the CRA appreciates this generous donation by the TAA," said Robert Levin, president of Ashton Cigars and the CRA, in a press release.

In July, major lobbying groups that represent the cigar and pipe industries filed a joint lawsuit against the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit challenges the FDA's now infamous Final Ruling on premium cigars, which adds a slew of harsh new regulations on the industry, including quarterly user fees, pre-market approval for new products and more stringent packaging/warning label guidelines.

 

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