H.R. 1639: Keeping Bureacracy out of our Humidors
It’s been a while since we’ve done a political-type post, so here’s a nice relevant one. As you may have heard, the FDA is trying to get in the way of your right to enjoy a fine stogie. When the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” was passed in 2009, it didn’t originally include regulations on cigars, but instead included a provision that would allow the FDA to come back and add them at a later date. Well, that date is quickly approaching, and the FDA regulation of cigars would carry some heavy consequences.
According to a Cigar Rights of America press release, some of the hypothetical possibilities are banning walk-in humidors, limiting advertising by banning the use of the words “cigar” or “tobacco,” and requiring that manufacturers send blends to the FDA for testing. There’s also the possibility of some of the provisions for cigarettes being applied to cigars, i.e. requiring that all ads be in black and white text, mandating larger warning labels, and banning flavored cigars. If that happened, not only would many of us marketing types be out of work, but Drew Estate, C.A.O., Oliveros, and many others would have to ditch their flavored or infused offerings.
Thankfully, CRA worked with lawmakers to put together H.R. 1639, aptly named the “Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act.” The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Rep. Bill Posey (R-Florida) on April 15, would remove the FDA’s control over cigars by amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Sponsoring the resolution is Ken Calvert (R-California), Kathy Castor (D-Florida), Candice Miller (R-Michigan), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Harold Rogers (R-Kentucky), Dennis Ross (R-Florida), and last, but certainly not least, Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), who was the subject of one of my past posts.
We at BestCigarPrices urge you to get involved by contacting your local legislators and signing the Operation Cigar Liberty petition to pass H.R. 1639 on Cigar Rights of America’s website. Let’s get this thing passed so we can keep the FDA out of our cigars! Click here to see the full text of the H.R. 1639.