By now news has spread throughout the cigar smoking community that the FDA is imposing heavy regulations on the industry. In short, any cigar that that hit retailers shelves after February of 2007 will be subject to FDA regulation, it will have two years to sell from August 5th, and then it will be pulled from the shelves. While there is no definitive price for the application to submit blends to the FDA, rumor says it will be quite expensive.
First and foremost, this is an absolute abomination to the industry we all love. In the 499 page article, the majority of the focus was directed towards E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers. What baffles me is what the FDA is looking for in cigars. Aside from fruit pectin and tobacco, I doubt there will be much else to see in an ingredients list. The only thing that would make sense is if the FDA was looking for what type of fertilizer and pesticides each farmer is using during the cultivation process. Regardless, this is a huge blow to the industry we have come to love.
A lot of the smaller boutique brands we have come to love will go by the wayside, and even a lot of the bigger players in the industry will have an extremely difficult time staying afloat. There is a petition going around, that I encourage all cigar smokers to sign. Once the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the White House will send a response. We here at Cigar Sages encourage you to sign it.
Click here to view the petition.