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S.1461 Continues to Gain Support

As we’ve reported in the past, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act (H.R. 1639 / S. 1461) is still in need of support in order to prevent the FDA from imposing regulations that would have devastating effects on the premium cigar industry as we know it.

If it were any other subject, I would consider this article to be overkill, but we can not afford to be passive when our jobs, livelihood, and civil liberties are at stake.

The good news is, support for S.1461 is growing, slowly, but surely. We now have 137 of the 150 representatives needed on board as co-sponsors for the act. The only way to garner the support needed to pass this important bill is to continue to make our voices heard, by contacting our local government officials and legislators, and expressing the critical need to protect our favorite pastime.

If the FDA were to regulate the sale of premium cigars, they could very possibly eliminate mail order cigar sales, ban walk-in humidors, prohibit cigar events where free cigars would be available to legal-age adults, impose new taxes on cigars to fund the enforcement of these new regulations, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. To many, the FDA’s proposed regulation would mean losing their hobbies, traditions, and even their source of income.

As a cigar smoker, I can attest that there are few things in life that invoke the kind of relaxation, sense of freedom, and enjoyment derived from smoking a good cigar. To intrude upon our right to do so is unconstitutional, in the most literal sense of the word.

Once again, we urge you to visit the Cigar Rights of America, to learn more about how you can do your part in making sure we keep our stogies out of the hands of the FDA, and preserve our enjoyment of premium handmade cigars.