Unbeknownst to the great majority of Americans, the US government is preparing to declare an all out war on tobacco and tobacco products.
Beginning with the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration has taken on the role of “tobacco cop” and is currently in the process of trying to expand their authority. Under the newest legislation to be proposed by the FDA are several new regulations that will directly and severely affect the premium cigar industry and the fallout could be dire.
Under the proposed regulation, FDA will have the authority to force cigar manufacturers to submit their blends to the FDA for product approval. On the surface this may sound fine, but bear in mind that the FDA is currently thousands of applications behind on these approvals and there will be a significant cost to manufacturers should the regulation take affect. Additionally, any cigar blend introduced since 2009 will have to go through the same product approval process as new blends. This will result in a huge cost to cigar manufacturers.
In addition, under FDA’s proposed regulation, a “premium cigar” will be defined by price rather than compostion. The FDA’s proposed price point to meet the criteria as a “premium” is $10.00 per cigar. Those of you that enjoy fine, handmade cigars will know all to well that a $10 price point means that the majority, some estimate upward of 80%, of premium cigars sold now will not meet the requirement. The solution, according to FDA, is simply to increase the price of every cigar to $10. Unfortunately, this move would put the enjoyment of a premium cigar out of the reach of many Americans who simply cannot afford a ten dollar cigar. This, to me, is a perfect example of “classism” wherein the rich and well to do that can afford expensive cigars go unaffected while the average American Joe goes without. How terribly un-American….
And, while these regulations sound terrible there is another regulation that I can actually show you; the regulation that stipulates that the majority of premium cigar packaging displays “graphic health warnings.”
Check out this link to an excellent piece about the proposed FDA regulations on TownHall.com….