On December 14th, 2016, the House Freedom Caucus released a report entitled, “First 100 Days: Rules, Regulations, and Executive Orders to Examine, Revoke, and Issue”, including a recommendation to end regulation of the premium cigar industry.
The House Freedom Caucus is a congressional caucus consisting of conservative Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Caucus was formed by a group of Congressmen as a “smaller, more cohesive, more agile and more active” group of conservatives and currently includes roughly 30 House Republicans.
The report lists 228 regulations the Caucus wants to eliminate, including the regulation of premium cigars. The report states, “The threat of FDA restrictions have loomed over the cigar business ever since the FDA took control over cigarettes; yesterday morning, the other shoe finally dropped. The worst fear of cigar manufacturers and smokers alike has been that the FDA will impose the same onerous pre-market review requirements on cigars that it currently places on cigarettes.” As we all know, this happened and hopefully, the House Freedom Caucus will lead the effort to eliminate the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) (FUFDA) regulations.
The full report is HERE for your reading pleasure. Cross your fingers and hope for salvation!