Cigar makers are trying to snuff out an effort by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate their products for the first time.
The FDA said in its regulatory agenda for the year that it would propose rules in April to expand federal oversight of tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The news was welcomed by tobacco giants such as Altria that want all tobacco products to be brought under the same regulations.
Sellers and makers of premium cigars — often hand-rolled, slow-burning and made with aged tobacco leaves — say the FDA is overreaching, and are hiring lobbyists to fight back.
We need to contact our legislators and put a stop to this.