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Premium Cigar Industry Gets Support from Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Texas

February 21st, 2017

Cigar Industry Gets Support

Led by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, four states – Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Texas – have backed the premium cigar industry’s legal fight against FDA overreach with an amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief, part of the ongoing lawsuit opposing the Food & Drug Administration’s tough regulations over premium cigars.

The states argue, in a 27-page filing, that FDA “did not properly evaluate the costs the regulations would have, particularly on small businesses, something that all executive agencies are required to do by law before introducing new regulations.” The brief also notes that FDA has overstepped its regulatory authority, granted by Congress, and failed to show evidence that “premium cigars needed to be regulated from a public health standpoint.”

The four states claim an interest in the Cigar Association of America’s lawsuit because of the implications of falling excise tax revenue: if FDA pushes the cigar industry into decline, the states stand to lose billions in revenue that is used to fund healthcare campaigns. “Our legal challenge is about preventing unnecessary regulations so that small business owners and entrepreneurs can focus on serving their adult customers instead of Washington bureaucrats,” said Brnovich in a statement.

Read more: http://halfwheel.com/four-states-file-brief-opposing-fda-cigar-regulation/142716