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New House Bill Introduced To Exempt Premium Cigars From F.D.A. Regulation

A new bill has been introduced to replace House Bill H.R. 1639, the proposal to exempt traditional large and premium cigars from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration.

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), who had originally initiated H.R. 1639, proposed H.R. 792 on Friday of last week.  The bill’s objective is identical to that of H.R. 1639:

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, and to protect jobs and small businesses involved in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.

In addition to covering the bases of H.R. 1639, H.R. 792 provides a new classic definition of what a premium cigar is and narrows the scope of the types of cigars included in the bill.

The new bill currently has 13 cosponsors, a small fraction of the 220 sponsors of H.R. 1639. At this time no bill has been proposed to replace Senate bill S. 1461, which had gained 13 cosponsors during its term.

We urge you to visit www.cigarrights.org to learn more about how you can help to exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation.