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Washington Times Offers Their Opinion On The FDA Regulation Of Cigars

The Washington Times Published this article this morning regarding the FDA regulation of Premium Cigars.   The hard hitting article provides some colorful language regarding the FDA regulation.

cigar-clipart-20010529-cuban-cigar-cartoon-cigarThe 13 million cigar smokers in the United States today overwhelmingly limit their smoking to a cigar now and then to celebrate or enjoy a fine day or a good meal. As I sat beside Montana’s Missouri River last week enjoying a very good non-premium cigar that cost me significantly less than 10 bucks, I wondered if what the government wants to eliminate is not the cigar, but the enjoyment we get from them when we sit back and light up.

The article continues to address the many problems associated with FDA regulation,  from virtually halting the production of any new cigars (as now they have to obtain FDA approval before being made), to the fact that the FDA proposed regulation discriminates against individuals that are lower on the income level.  In other words, it punishes you if you are not wealthy and cannot afford $10 dollar cigars.
……exempt “premium” cigars costing more than 10 bucks apiece. That will allow the do-gooders among us to make it more expensive and far more difficult for the poor to enjoy a good cigar while the professional and political elites continue to puff away. It’s a bit like denouncing the use of alcohol, banning the production of jug wines and exempting expensive vintage wines and good scotch from the burdens of the regulatory state.

We’re not sure if that point was made prior to the closing of the deeming process by the FDA,  but it really does make sense.   Why did the FDA propose to punish lower income individuals with minimum priced $10 dollar cigars (the price of a reasonable meal) yet allow the rich individual access to to whatever he or she wants (as the minimum $10 dollars would be a drop in the bucket for them).

The FDA is using rules written to require “premarket approval” of drugs to suggest that launching any new cigar should subject the manufacturer to rules and regulations that could cost millions and delay the introduction of the cigar by years. The FDA itself says these regulations will impact some 77 percent of all cigars now on the market because the rules would be retroactive to 2007.

To make matters worse,  it would virtually freeze the production of any new cigars after 2007.    Better start hoarding the CAO Amazon Basin as it is unclear what would happen to a cigar that launched anywhere between 2007 and today.
It’s an amazing article and well worth the read.