Good evening, everyone. I just received this email from IPCPR and Cigar Rights of America (CRA), and thought it important enough to warrant a post to The Cigarmy. As you know, the hobby of cigar smoking is and has been under increasing attack politically for quite a while. The following request to electronically sign petitions are the very least we can do as consumers, and I strongly encourage you to do so. Join Cigar Rights if you haven’t. Be vocal locally. If you enjoy cigars, and would like to in the future, please read this and sign on. I was signature #7, and they need 24,993 more to progress…
It is time to take the IPCPR/Cigar Rights battle to protect our cigars straight to the White House!
Help Protect Premium Cigars from FDA Regulation!
Click here to sign our petition to the President
H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 – Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act
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THIS IS OUR CALL TO ACTION: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
More details are below:
As you know, the FDA is hell bent on regulating, controlling and most certainly ruining premium cigars. So, it is incumbent upon the cigar enthusiasts of the United States – retailers, consumers, and manufacturers alike – to say “hell no” to any proposed new regulation of premium/traditional cigars by the United States government. The infantalization of America will stop here, with us! We are adults, and it is our right to make informed choices without undue government interference.
On April 26, 2010, December 20, 2010, July 7, 2011, and again on February 13, 2012 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration publicly posted their intent in the Federal Register to regulate cigars.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration answers to one boss – The White House. See this recent article for details.
Now that tens of thousands of this nation’s cigar enthusiasts, retailers, and manufacturers have voiced their opposition to Congress, it’s time to send a message to the Office of the President asking President Obama to tell the FDA: “Stay out of America’s humidors!”
H.R. 1639 has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives; and a companion bill, Senate Bill 1461, has been filed in the Senate. Both are filed under the banner of the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act. This bi-partisan legislation would decree that premium/traditional cigars should be off limits to FDA regulation and, “to clarify the Food & Drug Administration’s jurisdiction in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.”
With over 85,000 American jobs associated with the premium/traditional cigar business, this is an issue of economic stability for thousands of Main Street America small businesses. The community tobacconist is an institution that spans the history of the nation. The federal government has no business threatening them with new regulations, user fees, and efforts that smack nothing short of modern day prohibition.
Such legislation could have a profound impact on protecting the industry, from the fields and factories of Central America, to the supply-chain throughout this nation, to the community tobacconist, to enjoying a cigar in the local shop, club or back porch.
We can assure you, nothing could rip the soul of the cigar industry apart, like FDA actions. For example, some of the (again) hypothetical possibilities, but that are not beyond the realm of reason include: No more walk in humidors (Canadian model); Limits on advertising and promotions; Banning the very word cigar or tobacco; Manufacturers having to submit blends to FDA for “testing,” before heading to your local shop – imagine the impact on boutique cigar makers; Adverse impact on flavored tobacco products that are made for adults; And price impact due to new fees on manufacturers. This is the short list.
Again: Click here to sign our petition to President Obama.