Pending FDA CTP Announcement Regarding Cigars Creates Tension among Cigar Smokers and the Cigar Industry

BnB Tobacco, a leading provider of premium cigars and tobacco products online, supports the protection of traditional cigar manufacturers, retailers, and distributors through H.R. 792, or the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2013.

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We fully support keeping our products, the premium cigars, out of the hands of anyone who is not 18 years or older.

- Bill Spann, CEO of IPCPR

Vienna, VA (PRWEB) February 27, 2013

The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and BnB Tobacco, a leading provider of premium cigars and tobacco products online, offers support for the H.R. 792 or the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2013 despite tension surrounding the pending FDA CTP announcement on the regulation of cigars and other tobacco products.

It has been over two years since federal legislation provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products as it pertains to public health and thus far, the Center for Tobacco Products has not officially moved to regulate cigars. They have issued several guidelines regarding cigarettes, even banning the sale of candy flavored cigarette products with reasoning that those products were soliciting youth smokers.

However, the FDA is slated to announce their policy on regulating cigars and other tobacco products by April 2013 and their previous regulatory actions regarding cigarettes has created a nervous atmosphere among cigar smokers and the cigar industry.

Healthcare professionals and several lawmakers are advocating the FDA to include cigars under their regulatory umbrella arguing that studies show that while youth cigarette use is on the decline, the use of cigars is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that cigar use among high school males in 2011 was at 15.7 percent, which was quite similar to cigarette use at 17.7 percent.

This premise of course, does not sit well with cigar manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and even established online cigar shops like BnB Tobacco. There is a general concern that the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products will not differentiate between the premium hand-rolled products to the machine rolled gas station cigars – two very different products with very different markets.

Bill Spann, the CEO of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), says “Our industry’s concern is that they just decide that a cigar is a cigar. They’re going to have many problems. Our product is not desired by, it is not marketed to, nor is it affordable to underage youth. We fully support keeping our products, the premium cigars, out of the hands of anyone who is not 18 years or older.”

Spann’s views have found bi-partisan support in Congress through the proposed bill H.R. 792 or the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2013, which would differentiate between “traditional large and premium cigars” from “little cigars”, which are often machine rolled and sold at a far lower price point than premium hand rolled cigars. With the announcement from the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products in the upcoming weeks, support for legislation to protect the online sale of premium cigars may be necessary in protecting the right to buy and sell premium cigars on the Internet, outside of the reach of the FDA.

As a leading online cigar shop, BnBTobacco.com offers support for H.R. 792 and its goal of amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to clarify the FDA's jurisdiction over tobacco products and protect retailers, manufacturers, and distributors of premium cigars.

To learn more about the IPCPR and to support its petition on the FDA's control of premium cigars, visit http://www.rtda.org/.

For more information on BnB Tobacco and to find a wide selection of fine cigars and tobacco products, visit http://www.BnBtobacco.com/categories/cigars-premium/brands/.

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About BnB Tobacco:

BnB Tobacco is a leading online provider of fine quality cigars and tobacco products. Through its online cigar shop, cigar aficionados and pipe tobacco enthusiasts are able to find the best deals, as well as premium limited edition selections from the world's most well-known manufacturers, including Arturo Fuente, Cohiba, Hoyo de Monterrey, Joya de Nicaragua, and many more. To learn more about BnB Tobacco and to find premium cigar and tobacco products at great prices online, visit http://www.BnBtobacco.com/.


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