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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 395

15 Aug 2014

As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. Below is our latest Friday Sampler.

Capitol Building1) One week ago, the public comment period was closed on the FDA’s attempt to effectively regulate new handamde cigars out of existence. Before that deadline passed, though, eight U.S. senators—Bill Nelson (D-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), David Vitter (R-LA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Joe Manchin (D-WV)—wrote their own letter to the FDA, urging the agency to exempt premium cigars, and to eliminate the retail price requirement for that exemption. “A premium cigar should be defined as any roll of tobacco that is wrapped in 100% leaf tobacco, bunched with 100% tobacco filler, contains no filter, tip, or non-tobacco mouthpiece, and weighs at least 6 pounds per 1,000 count,” they said. “It also must either have a 100% leaf tobacco binder and be hand-rolled, or have a homogenized tobacco leaf binder and be made in the United States using human hands to lay the 100% leaf tobacco wrapper onto only one machine that bunches, wraps, and caps each individual cigar.” While there is no deadline for the FDA to act, some expect the FDA to issue its regulations next summer, with legal challenges sure to follow.

2) Officials in Charlotte have proposed the criminalization of smoking cigars in parks, greenways, and golf courses, in addition to a separate ordinance that would ban smoking on the grounds of government buildings. A public hearing has been scheduled for September 2, with a vote expected on September 17.

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4) Inside the Industry: A.J. Fernandez released an online mini-documentary. Despite its gratuitous and slightly stereotypical use of images of Fernandez walking (and riding a horse) through his fields to Buena Vista Social Club music, the 12-minute video does a good job of capturing the process of making cigars and providing some insights into A.J. Fernandez’s background. Watch the whole thing here.

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The Stogie Guys

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3 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 395”

  1. Mike Friday, August 15, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Regardless of what the FDA decides to do, if anything, I would be shocked if the final regulations come out next summer. The industry waited almost 3 years for the proposed regulations; finalizing them will not be quick.

    Menthol cigarette makers have been waiting for an FDA decision for close to 5 years with nothing in sight.

  2. Remmington Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    That A.J. Fernandez video is like 11 min of him walking around in tobacco fields to Cuban music and like 1 min of actual information. But still, it's understandable; this is a marketing piece — almost like a cost-free Cigar Safari for the masses.

    Love A.J.'s sticks!

  3. George E. Friday, August 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    A nod to CA's latest issue (October). There is a great story commemorating the 50th anniversary of Padron cigars. No cigar lover should miss it.