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PCA Legislation

What Happened to “My Body, My Choice”? – The Problem With Anti-Tobacco Arguments

July 13, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
When arguing that it should be "my body, my choice", shouldn't everyone including cigar smokers have the same right to chose how they use their body as well? Read more

North Carolina Governor and Legislature Advance Cigar Bar Legislation

July 9, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
This week, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed S.B. 527, which allows for enhanced flexibility in permitting cigar bars in the state. Read more

SCOTUS Facilitates Challenges to Agency Law

July 1, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States published their decision in Corner Post v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in which they ruled that the six-year statute of limitations to challenge an agency regulation begins when a party is first harmed by the regulation. Read more

PCA Names Joshua Habursky as New Executive Director

June 26, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Board of Directors announced yesterday the promotion and hiring of Joshua Habursky to the role of PCA Executive Director, effective immediately. Read more

Women of PCA Light Up Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
The Women of PCA, a new resource group within the Premium Cigar Association (PCA), hosted its inaugural policy conference in Washington D.C. on June 5, 2024. Read more

Premium Cigar Association Announces Departure of Scott Pearce

April 27, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association, a leading trade association representing specialty tobacco retailers, announces the departure of Scott Pearce, its executive director. Read more

UNC Research Pushes For Less Freedom on the Golf Course

April 15, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
New “research” from the University of North Carolina (UNC)is proving that even one of America’s last great pastimes, golf, is not safe from the nanny-state agenda. Read more

Premium Cigar Association Expands Government Affairs Staff

April 15, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) welcomes Richard Chalkey as its new Director of Coalitions and Policy. Read more

Colorado Legislative Committee Hears Bill Calling for Relief

March 10, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
Last week, a member of the Colorado state senate sought tax relief for the state’s small business tobacconists and their customers. Although the measure came up a couple of votes short, the case was made as never before.  Read more
FDA Updates

CRA Meets With Director of CTP

March 8, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
Today, Cigar Rights of America (CRA) met with Dr. Brian King, Director of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), to discuss key issues concerning the premium cigar industry, including CTP’s five-year strategic plan and pending proposed regulation to limit nicotine in tobacco products. Read more
FDA Updates

FDA Files Appeal of Judge Mehta’s Decision

February 1, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
On January 31, 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed its appealing Judge Amit Mehta’s orders holding the FDA’s decision to regulate premium cigars arbitrary and capricious and vacating it. Read more

PCA Launches State Advocacy Grant Program

November 30, 2023 By Nicole Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is announcing a new state advocacy grant program aimed at investing in State Associations and their boots-on-the-ground lobbying capacity for the 2024 legislative cycle. This... Read more
FDA Updates

PCA Tells OMB to Remit Characterizing Flavor Rule Back to FDA

November 6, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) testified before the White House Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) as part of the Administration's review of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) draft Final Rule "Tobacco Product Standard for Characterizing Flavors in Cigars." Read more
FDA Updates

FDA Files Statement of Issues

October 31, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Today, the FDA filed a number of documents in their appeal of Judge Mehta’s decision, including a Statement of Issues to be Raised. Read more
FDA Updates

FDA Formally Sends Flavored Cigar Rule to OMB For Review

October 16, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a significant step in addressing the issue of flavored cigars and menthol in cigarettes by sending their proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.  Read more

PCA Endorses Wisconsin Cigar Bar Legislation

October 3, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
This week, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) endorsed new legislation that would allow cigar bars in Wisconsin for the first time since 2009. Assembly Bill 451 removes the date, June... Read more
FDA Updates

PCA Responds to FDA’s Appeal in Deeming Rule Case

September 29, 2023 By Nicole Tabacco
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed a notice of appeal of Judge Amit P. Mehta’s decision to vacate the deeming rule in the case of Cigar Association of America... Read more

CRA Issues Statement in Opposition to H.R. 5568 & S. 2846

September 22, 2023 By Nicole Tabacco
On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the CARE for Moms Act (H.R. 5568&S. 2846), which is an extension of the Mothers... Read more
FDA Updates

Cigar Industry Wins: Judge Mehta Rules Against the FDA Regarding Premium Cigars

August 9, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Today, U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exempt premium cigars from tobacco regulations that the Agency put in place in 2016.... Read more
FDA Updates

FDA Ombudsman Asked to Review Regulatory Actions Against Premium Cigars

July 24, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association has filed a formal request for a meeting with the Ombudsman of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Tobacco Products to discuss PCA’s... Read more