- to obtain approval from the federal government before offering new cigar products;
- to submit each cigar sold to "rigorous scientific review";
- to comply with manufacturing requirements;
- to spend thousands of hours testing new cigar products; and,
- to pay a "user fee" that costs hundreds of thousands of $$$s.
According to an article published by Watchdog.com, what the FDA ostensibly is selling as an effort to limit youth access to tobacco is, in actuality, a program to make affordable cigars a thing of the past and to drive cigar manufacturers out of business.
For example, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. of Tampa, Florida (JCN), has been been producing quality cigars since 1895. Founded by a Hungarian immigrant, Julius Caesar Newman, the Tampa-based family business is the last of what was once 150 “Cigar City” factories. Today, JCN uses equipment dating back to the Depression and employs 130 people. When a new employee is hired, it takes 4 months to teach that individual how to use JCN's vintage, hand-operated machines. According to JCN's President, Eric Newman, "Cigars are to Tampa what wine is to Napa Valley and what automobiles are to Michigan."
- prevent JCN from using its vintage equipment;
- increase the price (because JCN's cigars cost < $10, making JCN ineligible for the "premium cigar" exemption under the FDA's proposal); and,
- force JCN out of business.
The FDA will continue receiving public comments on the rule until August 8.
So, now's the time for readers of The Motley Monk to send their negative comments about the proposed regulation to the FDA and HHS regulatory counsel, May Nelson, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the proposed FDA regulation, click on the following link:
To read the Watchdog.org article, click on the following link:
FDA Rules Could Kill 119-Year-Old Family Cigar Business."
To read the 41k+ comments to the FDA concerning the poposed regulation, click on the following link: