House Approves Bill Exempting Premium Cigars from Regulation

On September 14th, 2017, the House of Representatives approved a Bill exempting premium cigars from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)! The Bill now goes to the Senate for approval. According to Skopos Labs, the Bill has a 44% chance of being enacted. This could be great news for U.S. cigar smokers. Unfortunately, this is not as cool as it sounds.

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FDA Announces Delay of Pending Cigar Regulation Deadlines

On May 3rd, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (FUFDA!) announced it will defer enforcement of all future compliance deadlines for all categories of newly regulated products, including cigars, for three months and plans to issue guidance describing its position in the near future.

Why in the heck would the FDA make this change? According to the FDA, “this extension will allow new leadership at the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services additional time to more fully consider issues raised by the final rule that are now the subject of multiple lawsuits in Federal court.” Perhaps, just maybe, the new FDA Director will revise or dump the regulations. Doubtful, but there is hope!

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