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CRA Legislative Alert - FDA Came After Us Again - YESTERDAY

Cigar Rights of America

FDA Came After Us Again - YESTERDAY

- Operation ‘Cigar Liberty’ NEEDS YOU -

By Glynn Loope, Executive Director
Cigar Rights of America

As we wrote last week on how the “opposition was at work” trying to undermine H.R. 1639 that would prevent the U.S. Food & Drug Administration from regulating cigars, we were talking about the joint letter from the American Cancer Society “Cancer Action Network,” American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, in their letter to Congress that was full of their traditional propaganda. Little did we know….

There was another group at work this week against our interests. In fact, it was just yesterday– the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. They did it again.

In the July 7 Federal Register, FDA restated its authority to issue regulations deeming “other tobacco products” to be subject to their domain [when the legislative intent was cigarettes and smokeless products.] They further stated “The scope of the proposed rule deeming cigars to be subject to FDA's jurisdiction that was previously included in the Unified Agenda is being broadened to encompass products that meet the statutory definition of tobacco product.” They now assert their (new) timetable for such regulations as October of this year.

You see, they want it all. They want to control, regulate, and make no mistake, have it as difficult as imaginable to enjoy perfectly legal tobacco products – including that cigar you'll be enjoying to launch the weekend, tonight.

But Congress is listening, and we need to seize the moment as legislators are tired of bureaucrats regulating the everyday lives of Americans, and literally choking the nation's economy with new rules that hinder growth. It's just like our friends at The Daily Caller said today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency, “EPA Saves Us From Job Growth.” In that same vein, FDA wants to threaten thousands of jobs associated with the national and international passion for a great cigar.


With each passing week H.R. 1639 gains momentum in Washington, DC, as the list of sponsors has grown to thirty members of the US House of Representatives. New to the sponsor list includes: Representatives Sam Graves of Missouri and Lynn Jenkins of Kansas.

If your Member of Congress is a sponsor, call with your appreciation!

With House Resolution 1639 filed in the U.S. House of Representatives, under the banner of the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act, we now have an opportunity to protect this passion we share.

What you can do:

  • Cut and paste the CRA link to our petition, and spread it among your own network of cigar club members, fellow cigar enthusiasts, and for cigar shop owners, place on your web site and in your promotional emails, so that we can reach all of Cigar Nation.
  • [Note: We are working with industry allies to get a companion bill filed in the U.S. Senate. We will keep you informed of progress on that front.]

California – Now Texas

Earlier this week, we joined other industry brethren in highlighting the California Assembly action to “hold in committee without recommendation” SB 575 that would have closed existing exemptions to the state's already stringent smoking regulations. This was a significant action, whereas California sets such a benchmark for the nation with such legislation. Despite Senate amendments that provided exemptions for cigar shops and private clubs, we know that this was just another step toward incremental prohibition. It has to be stopped - Every time.

Now, Texas joins the list of states that have set aside attempts for broadened statewide smoking restrictions. Despite numerous attempts at attaching a statewide smoking ban to the state budget, the Texas Senate has prevailed in stopping such parliamentary and political maneuvers for 2011. These actions in California and Texas now join similar defeats for new statewide smoking laws in Indiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina and West Virginia.


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CRA Needs Your Help!

In order to be successful in our fight to enjoy cigars without the threat of smoking bans and high taxation, CRA needs your help. Please consider partnering with CRA through two important methods:

Membership
There is strength in numbers! The more members CRA has, the greater voice we have at all levels of legislature. Please help CRA by asking your fellow cigar enthusiasts to join CRA today! Membership starts as low as $35/year.

Donate
Our fight around the country is very expensive. We would like to ask all CRA members and cigar enthusiasts to consider making a donation to CRA in any amount you choose.

Cigar Tax Cap Bill Passes New York Senate

Cigar Rights of America

Cigar Tax Cap Bill Passes New York Senate

Action Alert!

We are pleased to announce that S 3410, a bill to provide a tax cap on cigars in the state of New York, has passed the New York Senate.

This effort advocated jointly by Cigar Rights of America, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association, the New York Tobacconist Association, and the Cigar Association of America, is a significant move forward.

Now, we need to focus on AB 1093, the New York Assembly version of this bill.

Please contact your member of the New York Assembly and ask them to please support AB 1093.

Additionally, we ask that you please contact Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ask him to bring this bill to the floor for a vote.


Brian Berman, Director of Membership

Glynn Loope, Executive Director

Support Your Local New York Great American Cigar Shops™


CRA Needs Your Help!

In order to be successful in our fight to enjoy cigars without the threat of smoking bans and high taxation, CRA needs your help. Please consider partnering with CRA through two important methods:

Membership
There is strength in numbers! The more members CRA has, the greater voice we have at all levels of legislature. Please help CRA by asking your fellow cigar enthusiasts to join CRA today! Membership starts as low as $35/year.

Donate
Our fight around the country is very expensive. We would like to ask all CRA members and cigar enthusiasts to consider making a donation to CRA in any amount you choose.

Statewide Texas Smoking Ban Proposal Advances to Senate For Vote

Cigar Rights of America

Statewide Smoking Ban Proposal Advances to Senate For Vote

Action Alert!

In a continued attempt to pass a statewide smoking ban in Texas, Rodney Ellis' Senate Bill 28 has been drafted and is making its way through the Texas Legislature.

Yesterday during a special session, the Senate committee advanced SB 28 to the Senate Floor for review and vote.

This bill is moving very fast and CRA urges its Texas members and cigar enthusiasts to immediately contact your member of the Texas Senate and tell them to vote 'NO' on SB 28 -- defeating this smoking ban proposal once and for all.


Brian Berman, Director of Membership

Glynn Loope, Executive Director

Support Your Local Texas Great American Cigar Shops™


CRA Needs Your Help!

In order to be successful in our fight to enjoy cigars without the threat of smoking bans and high taxation, CRA needs your help. Please consider partnering with CRA through two important methods:

Membership
There is strength in numbers! The more members CRA has, the greater voice we have at all levels of legislature. Please help CRA by asking your fellow cigar enthusiasts to join CRA today! Membership starts as low as $35/year.

Donate
Our fight around the country is very expensive. We would like to ask all CRA members and cigar enthusiasts to consider making a donation to CRA in any amount you choose.

CRA News Alert - Louisiana Senate Rejects Bill to Ban Smoking in Bars

Senate Rejects Bill to Ban Smoking in Bars
 
Thank You to all CRA Members that Contacted their Legislators!

By Jan Moller, The Times-Picayune, The Times-Picayune

The state Senate rejected legislation Wednesday that would have outlawed smoking in Louisiana bars, handing a victory to bar and gambling interests that lobbied against the ban.

The 22-15 rejection of Senate Bill 133 by Sen. Rob Marionneaux Jr., D-Livonia, marks at least the third time that lawmakers have refused to expand the state's 2006 law that banned smoking in restaurants and other indoor public spaces.

Supporters said the bill is needed to protect the health of bartenders, waitresses and others who work in smoke-filled environments, citing figures that show hundreds of deaths in Louisiana each year can be attributed to secondhand smoke.

"It fundamentally comes down to who are we interested in protecting," Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, said. "I want to stand on the side of people and their health."

As the bill left the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, it would have banned smoking in all bars, but would have continued to allow the practice in casinos. But Marionneaux offered a floor amendment that called for a total ban, including Indian and non-Indian casinos.

That amendment fell on a 21-15 vote.

But opponents said the bill would hit the state in the pocketbook by driving smokers - and the tax revenue they bring in - to other states.

"Those people who like to smoke...are going to go to the people who will receive them and cater to their wants," said Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, R-Jennings, who said the ban could have a negative impact on riverboat casinos in Lake Charles.

 
Stay Informed On The Proposed Regulation of Cigars By The FDA
 
 

H.R. 1639 – ‘Telling FDA to Back Off of Cigars' Picks up New Sponsors

We are pleased to report that the filed federal legislation that would exempt premium/traditional cigars from regulations created by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has picked up new sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

They include: Mike Pompeo of Kansas ; David Rivera of Florida; Tim Walberg of Michigan ; and Rob Whitman of Virginia.

They join Representatives: Sandy Adams of Florida ; Ken Calvert of California ; Kathy Castor of Florida; Tom Cole of Oklahoma ; John Kline of Minnesota ; Candice Miller of Michigan ; Ron Paul of Texas ; Hal Rogers of Kentucky ; and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

We commend the leadership of Representative Bill Posey of Florida for serving as chief patron of this unique and proactive legislation.

Please sign the CRA petition supporting this legislation!

Next week, we'll talk about what the opposition is saying, in their attempt to stop this legislation...

Click the links below to read past CRA release about the FDA:

CRA News Release, Part 1

CRA News Release, Part 2
CRA News Release, Part 3

 


Support Your Local Louisiana Great American Cigar Shops™
 

 
CRA Needs Your Help!

In order to be successful in our fight to enjoy cigars without the threat of smoking bans and high taxation, CRA needs your help. Please consider partnering with CRA through two important methods:

Membership
There is strength in numbers! The more members CRA has, the greater voice we have at all levels of legislature. Please help CRA by asking your fellow cigar enthusiasts to join CRA today! Membership starts as low as $35/year.

Donate
Our fight around the country is very expensive. We would like to ask all CRA members and cigar enthusiasts to consider making a donation to CRA in any amount you choose.

CRA News Alert - Nevada bill changing indoor smoking bill passes Assembly committee

Bill changing indoor smoking bill passes Assembly committee
 
By Anjeanette Damon, Las Vegas Sun


In a split vote, the Assembly Ways and Means Committee passed legislation that would allow tavern owners to serve food to their smoking customers despite a voter-approved indoor smoking ban.

The lift on the smoking ban would apply to adult-only taverns or adult-only areas inside taverns.

Four Democrats, including committee Chairwoman Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, voted against the bill that is backed by a coalition of tavern owners and slot route operators.

The coalition has been trying to persuade lawmakers to change the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act since voters passed it in 2006. Its efforts have been mostly unsuccessful.

That ballot measure forced many tavern owners to choose between serving food or allowing smoking, which significantly undercut their business.

“My understanding is this is only allowing food to be served where smoking is allowed and doesn't broaden (where smoking is allowed),” Assemblyman Pat Hickey, R-Reno, said before voting in favor of the measure. “I think it's a fair bill.”

Health advocates and those who funded the ballot measure opposed the legislation, saying it was an underhanded attempt to poke holes in the indoor smoking ban.

Sponsors of the legislation amended their original bill several times to ensure it would not apply to typical restaurants or other areas where children are allowed.

The measure would also allow indoor smoking at tobacco conventions.

Assembly Bill 571 now heads to the Assembly floor for a vote.

 
Stay Informed On The Proposed Regulation of Cigars By The FDA
 
 

H.R. 1639 – ‘Telling FDA to Back Off of Cigars' Picks up New Sponsors

We are pleased to report that the filed federal legislation that would exempt premium/traditional cigars from regulations created by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has picked up new sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

They include: Mike Pompeo of Kansas ; David Rivera of Florida; Tim Walberg of Michigan ; and Rob Whitman of Virginia.

They join Representatives: Sandy Adams of Florida ; Ken Calvert of California ; Kathy Castor of Florida; Tom Cole of Oklahoma ; John Kline of Minnesota ; Candice Miller of Michigan ; Ron Paul of Texas ; Hal Rogers of Kentucky ; and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

We commend the leadership of Representative Bill Posey of Florida for serving as chief patron of this unique and proactive legislation.

Please sign the CRA petition supporting this legislation!

Next week, we'll talk about what the opposition is saying, in their attempt to stop this legislation...

Click the links below to read past CRA release about the FDA:

CRA News Release, Part 1

CRA News Release, Part 2
CRA News Release, Part 3

 


Support Your Local Nevada Great American Cigar Shops™
 

 
CRA Needs Your Help!

In order to be successful in our fight to enjoy cigars without the threat of smoking bans and high taxation, CRA needs your help. Please consider partnering with CRA through two important methods:

Membership
There is strength in numbers! The more members CRA has, the greater voice we have at all levels of legislature. Please help CRA by asking your fellow cigar enthusiasts to join CRA today! Membership starts as low as $35/year.

Donate
Our fight around the country is very expensive. We would like to ask all CRA members and cigar enthusiasts to consider making a donation to CRA in any amount you choose.

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