Huge Victory For The Cigar Industry - Wins Lawsuit Against FDA
This is an extremely big win for the cigar industry and we should all be celebrating!
The premium cigar industry has won its lawsuit against the FDA which challenged the FDA's deeming regulations for premium cigars, which would have subjected them to the same regulations as cigarettes and other tobacco products.
FINALLY! People are paying attention!
The US District Court found that the FDA acted improperly when it crafted the deeming regulations, specifically by failing to consider feedback from the cigar industry. Feedback that has been presented time and time again proving that cigars are not the same as cigarettes and vape.
As a result of the ruling, the deeming regulations do not apply to premium cigars.
What IS considered a premium cigar?
- is wrapped in whole tobacco leaf;
- contains a 100 percent leaf tobacco binder;
- contains at least 50 percent (of the filler by weight) long filler tobacco (i.e., whole tobacco leaves that run the length of the cigar);
- is handmade or hand rolled (i.e., no machinery was used apart from simple tools, such as scissors to cut the tobacco prior to rolling);
- has no filter, non tobacco tip, or non tobacco mouthpiece;
- does not have a characterizing flavor other than tobacco;
- contains only tobacco, water, and vegetable gum with no other ingredients or additives;
- and weighs more than 6 pounds per 1,000 units.
It’s a great victory for the industry and cigar smokers everywhere. So light up your favorite cigar and celebrate because we all deserve this one!