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Largest Premium Cigar Manufacturers Join Together to Challenge Improper FDA Regulation

 

Washington, DC — The largest manufacturers in the premium cigar industry today filed a joint comment with the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) opposing the agency’s Proposed Substantial Equivalence (“SE”) Rule, which would require manufacturers to submit to an extensive application and testing regime to keep any “non-grandfathered” cigars on the market.   

In this joint comment, premium cigar manufacturers Davidoff of Geneva USA, Drew Estate, General Cigar Company, Tabacalera USA, Perdomo Cigars, and C.L.E. Cigar Company call for full exemption of premium cigars from FDA regulation and specifically object to the application to the Proposed SE Rule to premium cigars.  According to Dylan Austin, President of Davidoff of Geneva USA, “Our joint comment filed today shows FDA’s Proposed SE Rules to be an overly broad and unjustifiably costly set of regulations that are so lacking in scientific substantiation as to be nothing more than an illegal economic ban on handmade premium cigars that will cripple the manufacturers and retailers in this important industry.”

This joint comment marks the first time these premium cigar manufacturers, who are all also members of Cigar Association of America (“CAA”), have joined together to file their own set of comments specifically regarding premium cigars.   Javier Estades, President and CEO of Tabacalera USA, stated, “We are all proud members of CAA, which as the cigar industry’s oldest and most well recognized trade association, continues to robustly represent the interests of the entire cigar industry at the federal, state, and local levels.  We fully support CAA’s incredible work in challenging current FDA regulations, which are wrong for all cigars, and recognize that certain aspects of FDA’s regulations uniquely and disproportionately impact premium cigars.  We therefore decided to come together to address these issues head on.”

Added Glenn Wolfson, CEO of Drew Estate, “Our joint comment to FDA is very powerful because it is based on data.  The FDA has undertaken extensive research about the usage patterns of premium cigars and their impact on public health.  The resulting data from this scientific research is clear and unambiguous as to two critical facts.  First, premium cigars are not used by youth.  Second, based on the usage patterns of adult premium cigar smokers, there is no statistically significant difference in mortality rates or disease rates between the overwhelming majority (over 95%) of premium cigar smokers and non-smokers.  Said differently, the FDA’s own data makes clear that FDA regulation of premium cigars will neither impact what is virtually non-existent youth usage or materially benefit the public health.  On the other hand, due to the unique nature of this artisanal, handmade industry, the costs of FDA regulation of premium cigars will be devastating, particularly to small businesses.”

“The Premium Cigar Manufacturers have in our joint comment called upon FDA to look at their own research and reach the only conclusion their own data can support,” stated, Nick Perdomo, CEO of Perdomo Cigars, “that the Proposed SE Rules are simply inappropriate as applied to premium cigars and that premium cigars should be exempt from FDA regulation.”

Regis Broersma, President of General Cigar Company concluded, “As the leading manufacturers in the premium cigar industry, all of us proudly stand together today to protect all premium cigar manufacturers regardless of size, retailers and consumers from what can only be described as unduly burdensome, grossly over-reaching, and wholly improper regulation.  We invite all industry members to review our joint comment and to speak to your local representatives about the devastating impacts of FDA’s proposed regulations on your businesses.  Together we can make a difference.”

 

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Bam Biere By Jolly Pimpkin Artisan Ales

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Bousa Brewing Company Vs. Tank Brewing Company Pilsner Showdown!

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IPA Blind Taste Test With Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company

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Shadow Demons IPA By Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company

On this episode of “Sippin With Samurai Piggy” we try the Shadow Demons IPA by Miami, FL local brewery Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co. 6.5%ABV and treated with something a little special; tune in to find out! Cheers!

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Red Stripe Jamaican Lager

On this episode of “Sippin With Samurai Piggy” we go into the well known Jamaican Lager Red Stripe. It’s 4.7% ABV and brewed in Kingston, Jamaica by Desnoes & Geddes which is now owned by Heineken. And as always, thanks to @tossware for providing the receptacles to hold my beer. Cheers!

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#YOLOmaelk By Tool Beer Company

On this episode of “Sippin With Samurai Piggy” we get to try this amazing 14% ABV Imperial milk stout brewed by @toolbeer. You can check out their beer club @toolbeerwebshop and their brew pub @bruscph in Copenhagen, Denmark. Cheers!

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ALL ABOUT DAT CRUNCH!!! Cookie O’Puss- Captain Lawrence Brewing Co

On this episode of “Sippin With Samurai Piggy” we try Captain Lawrence Brewing Company’s [(Elmsford, NY) (@captlawrence)] Cookie O Puss. This 8% ABV Milk Stout was a St. Patty’s Day special release that Captain Lawrence collabed with Carvel® Ice Cream! This Stout was brewed with signature chocolate crunchies from Carvel®, fudge, ice cream and milk sugar. You’ll get notes of a deep, rich chocolate flavor and a strong roasted malt backbone with roasted coffee notes as well. Cheers!

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LET ME GET DEM JUICY BITS!!! Juicy Bits- Weldwerks Brewing Co

On this episode of “Sippin With Samurai Piggy” we try Weldwerks Brewing Company’s [(@weldwerksbrewing) (Greeley, CO)] Juicy Bits. This 6.7% ABV New England IPA is hopped with Mosaic, Citra & El Dorado hops; this imparts huge citrus and tropical notes with a softer, fluffier mouthfeel from the lower attenuation, and the characteristic New England hop haze. The end result is a beer reminiscent of citrus juice with extra pulp. And as always, thanks to @tossware for providing the receptacles to hold my beer. Cheers!

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NIGHTMARE ON BRETT STREET!!! Nightmare On Brett- Crooked Stave Brewing Co

On this episode of “Sippin With Samurai Piggy” we try Crooked Stave Brewing Company’s [(Denver, CO) (@crookedstave)] Nightmare On Brett. This 9.666% Dark Sour Ale initially aged in large oak foeders with their mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria and then the beer is transferred to bourbon and whiskey barrels from Leopold Bros [(Denver, CO) (@leopoldbros)] with cherries. The various spirit barrels bring on a new life to this beer as it conditions for months, while obtaining additional bourbon and whiskey characteristics. Dominated by dark fruit aromas and flavors, the underlying cacao notes meld with an acidic tart berry finish. With each batch release being a unique blend of barrels, the multiple variations of Nightmare on Brett released throughout the year prove that with creativity and experimentation, anything is possible. Cheers!

Crooked Stave Process: http://www.crookedstave.com/brewery/our-process/

Chad Yakobson’s Brettanomyces Project: http://brettanomycesproject.com/

Leopold Bros: https://www.leopoldbros.com/home