07 Feb Senator Marco Rubio Reintroduces Bill To Exempt Premium Cigars From FDA
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has reintroduced a bill to the U.S. Senate aiming to protect premium cigarmakers from the FDA. Rubio, who has called FDA regulation of cigars “the epitome of government overreach,” introduced Senate Bill 9 on Thursday. The Senate has yet to provide a summary of the legislation, which aims to carve out an exemption for companies that make or market premium cigars from FDA regulation.
FDA regulation, as it stands now, makes it exceptionally difficult and expensive for companies to introduce new products, and all but impossible for new companies to break into the market. The regulations are particularly onerous to smaller companies, which make up the bulk of the handmade cigar industry. Companies that make cigars by hand have historically been quite dependent on creating new sizes, blends and brands.