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New York State Excludes Cigar Tax From 2019 Executive Budge

April 5th, 2018
In a move that has cigar smokers in New York State breathing a sigh of relief, the State's Executive Budget for 2018-19 did not include language that would have significantly raised taxes on cigars. With lawmakers able to cut a deal less than 24 hours before the April 1 deadline,…
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FDA to Reconsider Stance on Premium Cigars

March 27th, 2018
Administration Seeks Public Input & Additional Data on Premium Cigar Use FDA continues to overhaul its tobacco policy…
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Premium Cigars Take Center Stage During Budget Hearing

February 15th, 2018
  WASHINGTON, D.C. – FEBRUARY 15, 2018 -- Yesterday, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick…
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Texas Tobacconists and Manufacturers File New Lawsuit Against FDA

January 12th, 2018
On Thursday, January 11th a group of Texas-based tobacconists and premium cigar manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the…
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Cigar Industry Lobbying Groups File in U.S District Court on FDA Deeming Rules

October 11th, 2017
Warning Labels and User Fees are Listed Among Biggest Objections On Tuesday, October 3, the Cigar Association of America…
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FDA User Fees Slated for Increase in Fiscal Year 2018

October 2nd, 2017
  Center for Tobacco Products Plans on Increasing Assessment to Reach $712m by FY2019 October 1, 2017, marked…
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House Bill H.R. 3354 Goes to Senate in Hopes of S.294 Passage

September 28th, 2017
White House Confirms, if Passed, President Trump Would Be Advised to Make It Law Now that the U.S.…
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House Passes H.R. 3354 Exempting Premium Cigars from FDA Language

September 27th, 2017
FDA Could Be Restricted from Using Funds to Regulate Premium Cigars in Fiscal 2018 By a vote of…
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FDA Announces New Comprehensive Plan for Premium Cigar Regulation

July 31st, 2017
Pre-Market Application Deadline Extended for Cigars, Pipe Tobacco, and E-Cigarettes FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the FDA…
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Senators from Both Sides of the Aisle Agree On Premium Cigar Exemption

July 24th, 2017
  On Tuesday, July 18, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing heard from leading Senators on both sides…
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House Subcommittee Passes FDA Premium Cigar Exemption Language

July 5th, 2017
On Wednesday, June 28, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture moved ahead with legislation that includes a rider…
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Sen. Rubio Grills FDA Commissioner Gottlieb During Hearings on Premium Cigar Deeming Regulations

June 23rd, 2017
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly-appointed commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, recently testified before the Senate…
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Say NO to the Marketplace Fairness Act – Say YES to a Tax-Free Internet

June 21st, 2017
Washington wants more of your cigar money. We don’t think that’s fair. New legislation is coming that would give…
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Pennsylvania House Bill 1309 Would Ban Smoking in Cigar Stores Statewide

May 24th, 2017
Cigar Bars, Private Clubs, and Casinos, Among Other Venues Would Also Be Affected Earlier this month, in a…
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New Head of FDA Confirmed – Dr. Scott Gottlieb

May 9th, 2017
Dr. Scott Gottlieb has been confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Voting…
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AGREEMENT REACHED ON SUSPENSION OF FDA REGULATIONS

May 2nd, 2017
“Deeming Rule” Compliance Deadlines Postponed Pending Further FDA Regulations Review In the context of the litigation that tobacco…
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FDA Funded Study Shows Children Are NOT Smoking Premium Cigars

April 24th, 2017
An FDA funded study published by The New England Journal of Medicine shows that children in the United States…
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FDA Lawsuit Delayed 30 Days

March 21st, 2017
The FDA and cigar trade group delays the FDA lawsuit by 30 days. FDA lawsuit: On March 21,…
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Government Watchdog Group Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Premium Cigar Industry

February 22nd, 2017
Premium Cigar Industry News “Common sense appears to be dead at the FDA,” says Patrick Massari, assistant vice…
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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…
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