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J.C Newman has stated on record that they are packing their bags and moving out of Cigar City should the FDA regulate Premium Cigars.
The major sticking point is the $10 dollar minimum per cigar stick to be considered premium and excluded from the FDA regulations. J.C Newman Premium Cigars would suddenly be classified as non-premium since many of them carry a less than 10 dollar per cigar sticker price. Hence subjecting them to FDA approval before a company could add a new size, shape or brand.
The FDA estimates a manufacturer would spend about 5,000 hours testing each new product before it could even apply for approval. The effect of those and other proposed restrictions could be to increase costs so much that the J.C Newman cigar factory would close. Throwing hundreds of people out of work in Florida and since they are the last cigar company in Tampa, many of those people would have difficulty finding a living wage job in the area.
It’s a terrible situation and the public should understand that the FDA would in essence be throwing hundreds of people out of work and not just one factory, but a whole industry that employs thousands of Americans, down to the trucking company that bring the cigars from the factory to retailer will be affected in a large way.
Visit Save Cigar City to learn how how you can help save America’s oldest cigar factory from being forced to close its doors.