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Senators Back Cigar Smokers

At least some of our legislators are working for us...

The premium cigar definition that the senators propose in their letter differs in a few ways from the one the FDA proposed in Option 2. The most ostensible difference is that the senators' definition removes any mention of retail price. One of the more controversial parts of the FDA's premium cigar definition was that it included language that said a cigar must carry a suggested retail price of no less than $10 to be legally classified as premium.

We'll have to see how this whole thing shakes out.

FDA Receives 75,000 Comments

I'm not sure if it's going to help or not...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Division of Dockets Management says it has received 75,000 comments on a proposed rule on tobacco products. That's thousands more comments than most other proposals.

"It's looking like it ranks in the top 10 of all time," Ryan Cleaver, a docket specialist with the agency, said of the public comment period that ends today.

Cigar Consumption Doubles

They say it like it's a bad thing...

More than 1 in 20 US adults smoke cigars, with frequency ranging from "rarely" to "every day," based on an analysis from the 2012 to 2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey. Investigators in the present report further analyzed the survey data and report that 61.8% of US adult cigar smokers usually smoke cigarillos or other mass market cigars, 19.9% usually smoke premium cigars, and 18.4% usually smoke little filtered cigars.

We Might Have A Little FDA "Breathing Room"

There have been some changes to the proposed FDA rules affecting premium cigars:

These changes were chronicled in documents published in the Federal Register and included the following:

Changing the original proposed two-part cigar rule (one for traditional tobacco products, one for tobacco products that previously not been regulated) to a “two-option” rule, one of which would exempt premium cigars.

We're Seeing Common Sense in New Jersey

Where an anti-smoking assemblyman supports new indoor cigar lounges.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon), who was the lead advocate to ban smoking statewide in restaurants and bars, had a bill pass a committee last week to permit new cigar lounges to open.

Thanks, Assemblyman. I'm hoping that this is a political trend.

We May Have Dodged the Proverbial Bullet (For Now)

The FDA is considering exempting premium cigars

from their "rule making" attempts.

Though the agency “recognizes that all cigars are harmful and potentially addictive,” it also suggests some cigars are worse than others in getting teens addicted to smoking.

It proposes carving out “premium cigars” — hand-rolled, all-tobacco cigars that cost $10 or more each — from future regulation.

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