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lindleadbandWe’re not likely to get the real info on FDA regulation of cigars until after the election, but that doesn’t stop both sides from talking about it. While we’re waiting, smoke a new cigar all the way down to the band or plan to take a historic tour of Connecticut’s tobacco industry.


 

 

 

 

La Gloria Cubana Introduces Cigars with Smokable Bands

This idea is so clever, it’s surprising more brands aren’t using it. La Gloria Cubana has debuted two new cigars with smokable bands.


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The La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show cigars were unveiled by General Cigar Co. at the recent IPCPR trade show, and should spare some smokers from suffering burns caused by trying to peel the paper band off the nub of a lit cigar.

The new cigars will be available in two sizes. The Liga YG-23 is 7-inch by 60 ring size, while the Liga LR-1 is 7 by 52.

Both will become available in November, but in very limited quantities. Only 500 boxes of each style will be made.


Rep. Waxman Makes His Case for Cigar Regulation to the FDA

While the Republican members of Congress were weathering the storm at their convention in cigar-friendly Tampa, one notable foe of Big Tobacco called for the FDA to impose more stringent regulations on tobacco products.


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On August 27, former smoker and longtime anti-smoking crusader Henry A. Waxman (D - CA) sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamberg citing new documents from tobacco companies showing how they are exploiting regulations and ducking tax loopholes. Waxman claims that these manipulations by the tobacco companies have led to a rise in the use of currently unregulated flavored cigars by teens and young adults.

Waxman made his case at a press conference Monday in Los Angeles. “The tobacco industry is relentless in seeking new ways to hook children. After Congress outlawed flavorings in cigarettes, tobacco companies began promoting cigarette-like cigars and pipe tobacco as a way to circumvent the flavoring ban and avoid paying their fair share of taxes.  Today I am calling on FDA to take immediate and forceful action to close these loopholes and protect the public’s health.”

Waxman’s action was triggered by recent reports from the CDC showing that while cigarette smoking has declined over the last decade, almost one in five adults aged 18-24 now smoke cigars, most of them favoring the less-expensive flavored small cigars.


J.C. Newman Boss Speaks Out Against Regulations

Not everyone agrees with Rep. Waxman, especially those who will be forced to deal with the new laws that could be handed down by the FDA. Eric Newman, the head of Tampa’s J.C. Newman Cigar Co., took advantage of having the Republican National Convention in his city to meet with lawmakers and make his case against more regulations on premium cigars.


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Newman said, “It would be a real struggle” if his company had to deal with onerous regulations from the FDA, adding, “kids aren’t smoking our cigars.”

One who agrees with Newman is Rep. Bill Huizenga (R.MI), who co-sponsored HR - 1639, which would limit the FDA’s ability to regulate premium cigars.  “You can’t have the federal government coming in and regulating every parental decision. It’s a legal product. Why shoot ourselves in the foot (with jobs-killing regulations) and then admire our aim?”

Newman especially fears the effect of more FDA interference on his 125 workers.






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