Cigars to be Regulated by Obama

October/06/2011 16:04PM
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Not content with regulating everything that moves, Obama is now after cigars. Since he smokes cigarettes, I guess cigars have to be the target.

I quit smoking cigarettes in 1967. But, a few years ago I started having a cigar or two on the golf course. Only on the golf course. That’s my rule and as long as I can follow the rule, I plan to enjoy that cigar now and then. If I can’t follow the rule, I will quit smoking them.

Now, Obama wants to put an end to that.

Help Exempt Premium Cigars From FDA Regulation!
H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 – Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act

Whereas on April 26, 2010, December 20, 2010, and July 7, 2011 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration publicly posted their intent to regulate cigars in the Federal Register, it is incumbent upon the cigar enthusiasts of the United States to voice their opposition to any proposed new regulation of premium/traditional cigars by the United States Government.
House Resolution 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.’

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; And price impact due to new fees on manufacturers. This, is the short list

Those local small business people who run cigar shops will be put out of business. Another blow to small business from the Obama administration. It will only be gone when he’s gone.

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