PCA Legislation

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Governor Lombardo of Nevada Signs Tax Cap Bill During PCA

July 19, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
While the premium cigar industry was conducting business during the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) convention and trade show held just over a week ago in Las Vegas, a few Nevada... Read more

PCA Addresses Trademark and Trade Dress Issues

June 16, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
In a recent decision by the Supreme Court, they firmly rejected the unauthorized use of trademarks by a manufacturer selling dog toys that mimicked a well-known liquor brand. The case,... Read more

Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards Signed Legislation Supporting the Industry

June 10, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced that Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards signed legislation supporting the industry, strengthening the association’s preeminent national trade show. Governor Edwards signed H.B. 111, which... Read more

PCA Launches Diplomatic Cigar Corps Program

April 25, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association is proud to announce the creation of the Diplomatic Cigar Corps, a project designed to bring together countries’ diplomatic representations in Washington, DC to promote and... Read more
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Cigar Caucus Co-Chairs Press FDA for Action on NASEM’s Recommendations

April 24, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association commends Congressman Dan Meuser (R-PA) and Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. (D-LA), co-chairs of the Congressional Cigar Caucus, in their letter to FDA Administrator Dr. Robert... Read more

CTP Director Dr. Brian King Speaks at 2023 TMA Conference

April 19, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Today, Mike Copperman, CRA Director of Regulatory and Legislative affairs, attended the 2023 Tobacco Merchants Association’s (TMA) annual meeting. TMA’s annual gathering, which is held each spring, is an important... Read more
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PCA Testifies Today Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

April 14, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA), represented by Deputy Executive Director/Head of Government Affairs Joshua Habursky, testified before the U.S Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products run by CTP... Read more

PCA Applauds Governor Grisham’s Veto of Harmful Cigar Tax Increase in New Mexico

April 14, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
PCA Director of State Advocacy, Glynn Loope, said, “We are grateful to Governor Grisham for recognizing the impact this tax increase would have had on small businesses and... Read more

North Dakota Now Allows Cigar Lounges – Passes Bill HB 1229

April 14, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Premium Cigar Association (PCA) and Cigar Rights of America (CRA) celebrate the passage of HB 1229 in North Dakota, which allows the establishment of cigar lounges in the state. The... Read more

Idaho Retail Tobacconists and PCA Announce Passage of New Tax Cap

April 8, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Premium Cigar Association (PCA) in partnership with its member tobacconists of Idaho, are pleased to announce that Governor Brad Little has signed legislation calling for a fifty-cent tax cap on... Read more