With the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations imposed on the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industry coming near, there has been some moves made to help stop the damaging new rules and regulations from happening. On June 7, seven U.S. senators sent a letter to the FDA questioning the final ruling. Those senators were Sen. Bob Casey (D.-Pennsylvania), Sen. James Inhofe (R.-Oklahoma), Sen. Robert Menendez (D.-New Jersey), Sen. Joe Manchin (D.-West Virginia), Sen. Bill Nelson (D.-Florida), Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Florida), and Sen. Jon Tester (D. Montana).
News of this letter came from Cigar Rights of America (CRA) who also reported that the FDA has yet to respond to it. The letter stated that the senators did not feel that premium cigars are part of the Family Smoking and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 that sets out to prevent youth and underage smoking. It also questions how the FDA’s approval process will be implemented, a common question among many who will be impacted by the regulations. The senators bring into question the FDA’s ability to manage the applications that will be submitted and that the FDA won’t be able to keep up and approve them in a timely manner, resulting in many products being pulled from stores.
As of now, the FDA’s deeming regulations on the premium cigar industry goes into effect on August 8, 2016.
Read more about this ruling here.