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Cigar Battle Reaches White House

Submitted by Oliver on April 13, 2012 – 4:39 amNo Comment

The Cigar Rights of America together with the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers association have sent a formal petition to the White House’s “We the People” Internet petition website. Both organizations have been continuingly fighting against the Food and Drug Administration in order to block them from controlling premium cigars.

In the petition, they ask that the Obama Administration puts an end to the FDA regulation of the cigar industry. They affirm that the FDA control over cigars would lead to the loss of 85,000 domestic jobs as well of 250,000 jobs in Latin America. The petition also states that cigars do not cause addiction and are produced for the use of adults only.

Glynn Loope, the executive director of the Cigar Rights of America, has recently addressed their supporters and cigar smokers in a press release: “It’s time for those that simply want to enjoy a great cigar to become a true political constituency. It’s an election year, and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue need to know that there are thousands of voters, passionate about their cigars, that will vote this fall based upon who will stay out of their humidor. The FDA is controlled by the President’s administration, so it was time to send them a message.”

The petition won’t be reviewed by the Obama Administration until at least 25.000 people will sign it by May 11. Up to now, 3.268 signatures have been collected, that is why the CRA and IPCPR organizations are appealing to all cigar smokers to support the petition.

The conflict with the FDA takes roots in 2009 when it was granted the total control over such tobacco products as cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco after President Barack Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law. The FDA regulation had immediate influence over the cigarette industry – they banned all flavored cigarettes, restricting release of new production, advertising and banning the use of the word “light” – and other tobacco products. But the cigar industry remained untouched till recently.

In the 2010, the FDA announced its intent to control the cigars as well. However the CRA and the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers association didn’t want to wait for industry-threatening legislation to occur, and decided to do something until it was too late.

Both cigar organizations have been lobbying members of Congress to support the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Acts, also known as H.R. 1639 and S. 1461 which could protect premium cigars against being legislated by the FDA, if passed. Thus, more than 176.000 mails were sent to Congress, resulting in 160 co-sponsors from the House of Representatives and growing support from the Senate.

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