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PCA Launches Retailer Grassroots Campaign Against Flavor Rule

June 4, 2022 By Matthew Tabacco

The Premium Cigar Association is unveiling a new microsite fightflavorbans.com to afford retailers the opportunity to weigh in on the FDA’s recent action on flavored cigars.

The Food & Drug Administration is proposing the Tobacco Product Standard for Characterizing Flavors in Cigars that would in effect ban flavored cigars. Based on a recent membership survey 93% of Premium Cigar Association member retailers acknowledged selling a flavored tobacco product and it is important for the Food & Drug Administration to hear concerns about prohibition of these products.

This action by the FDA is not justified based on economic or health reasons and the PCA and industry allies will be specifically questioning those merits along with calling for additional research. The broad nature of the “characterizing descriptor” language in the proposed rule is especially concerning as an assault on free speech and one that could affect cigars without any flavoring or additives. Join the PCA in contacting the FDA through this public comment portal to submit a pre-generated message.

You are welcome (and encouraged) to edit or add specifics to your comment like indicating the numbers of stores that would be affected, employees, loss of revenue, etc.…. If you have any specific questions about the proposed rule or need assistance on submitting, you comment please contact PCA Deputy Executive Director Joshua Habursky joshua@premiumcigars.org The agency will be accepting comments on the product standard until July 5th, 2022.

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