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    Default FDA threatens cigar shops, economies of Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua

    Should be cigars be subject to the same strict regulations as cigarettes? Should cigars, often shopped for like wine, be treated like Playboys?

    Is this regulation needed?

    Cigar lovers, industry unite to snuff out FDA regulatory agenda
    12:01 AM 11/29/2011

    Cigar smokers are mad as hell, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Faced with an unprecedented assault on their guilty pleasure from President Barack Obama’s Food and Drug Administration, aficionados and industry insiders told The Daily Caller that they’re picking up their torch lighters and revolting.

    Usually divided by their preferences for mild, medium and full-bodied smokes, they’re uniting against regulations that threaten to make cigars prohibitively expensive, shut down scores of small cigar shops, jeopardize tens of thousands of jobs and erase the traditionally bright line between Camels and Cohibas...

    ...The Tobacco Control Act (TCA) gave the FDA new authority to regulate tobacco, and the agency has most famously wielded that power by requiring garish photographic warnings this year on cigarette packs. But the law, an FDA spokesperson told The Daily Caller in an email, “also permits FDA to deem other ‘tobacco products’ subject to the TCA’s general controls by regulation.”

    The FDA spokesperson explained that a “proposed rule deeming cigars to be subject to FDA’s jurisdiction” could be “finalized” after a public-comment period expires, giving the agency the authority to regulate “any product that meets the definition of a ‘tobacco product’ under the TCA, including cigars, little cigars, and certain novel nicotine containing products (such as certain electronic cigarettes).”

    The FDA seems to be taking its longer leash seriously. On three occasions since December 2010, the agency has already put the cigar industry on notice that it intends to propose a rule to “deem cigars subject to the Tobacco Control Act.”...

    ...Cigars and other “additional tobacco product categories” covered by new regulations, an FDA spokesperson said in an emailed statement, “would be subject to general controls, such as registration, product listing, ingredient listing, good manufacturing practice requirements, user fees for certain products, and the adulteration and misbranding provisions, as well as to the premarket review requirements for ‘new tobacco products’ and ‘modified risk tobacco products.’”...

    ...New taxes — or “user fees,” in FDA lingo — would reach every corner of the cigar world, Spann said, from giant online retailers to small-batch importers and neighborhood shops.

    Beyond that, Spann warned, customers wouldn’t be permitted to touch or smell cigars. There would be no walk-in humidors and no cigars flavored with cognac or bourbon. The FDA could stop the sale of new cigar blends until manufacturers submit them to the government for testing and analysis.

    And cigar boxes — and perhaps even individual cellophane wrappers — could be subject to the same graphic warning labels scheduled to be required on cigarette packs in September 2012...

    ...pann pointed to the Canadian province of Ontario as the model for a future FDA-approved cigar marketplace. Customers there, he told TheDC, can’t see cigars displayed at all. Even color photos are prohibited. The cigars themselves are kept out of view like contraband pornography two generations ago.

    “In Ontario, you’re given a list,” he said, “and it says ‘type of cigar, size, price, country of origin.’ You point, [and] the guy goes back into a room that you cannot see. He gets your cigar … He can’t recommend or tell you, ‘Oh, if you liked this cigar last week you’re going to love this new product I’ve got in.’”...

    ...Shami Walia, an Indian-American who opened Burke Cigar in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. four years ago, doesn’t hold out hope that shops like his would survive that level of government control.

    “A lot of shops — all small businesses — would just not be able to handle it,” Walia told TheDC. “They’ll probably shut down … You won’t be able to keep your doors open.”...

    ...Walia, without a hint of pretense, also explained his concern about the impact his industry’s demise would have on the Central American nations that produce his inventory.

    “It’s going to affect some other countries like Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua,” he said. “In a lot of these places, the complete economy of towns relies on our industry.

    “I just came back from Honduras two days ago. And pretty much entire neighborhoods, whole towns — they survive on this industry. There are thousands and thousands of jobs over there too.”

    Hand-rolled cigars are labor-intensive products, involving nearly 250,000 workers in Central America. And another 85,000 Americans depend on the cigar industry for their livelihoods, said Spann...


    ...It remains to be seen how quickly the FDA will act on its cigar proposals, and exactly what they will look like at the end of the exercise. But the FDA spokesperson confirmed that its agenda is expanding.

    “The scope of the proposed rule deeming cigars to be subject to FDA’s jurisdiction … is being broadened to encompass all products that meet the statutory definition of ‘tobacco product,’” the FDA spokesperson said in an email to TheDC.

    The resulting government interventions, cigar aficionados fear, could be rife with unintended consequences....


    http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/29/ci...genda/?print=1

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    This has been on the table for the last couple of years. I certainly hope that it doesn't move forward. Efforts to tax and regulate the premium cigar industry (which should be considered completely different from cigarettes) have shut down a long standing cigar company in Tampa, and threaten to shut down smoke shops all over the country.

    I usually hate it when people say "where does it end", then draw out some imporbable scenario. That being said, are steaks and any kind of fattening food next? Do they aim to shut down the Dairy Queen in the hopes of shutting down child obesity?

    FDA needs to keep their fat nose out of my 2 cigar a month habit.
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    The FDA is supposed to save lives, but their record of a cumbersome approval process combined with a sketchy track record doesn't support that.

    Nor does its hatred of e-cigarettes, which will kill smokers who can't make the switch.

 

 

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