CRA Statement on Passage of House Bill Containing Premium Cigar Exemption Language

United States House of Representative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018, H.R. 3354.

By a vote of 211-198, the House adopted language that would exempt premium cigars from FDA language by restricting the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) from using any funds to enforce the rule.  The specific language included in the bill, is the same language that was adopted by the full House Committee on Appropriations on July 12th of this year.

J. Glynn Loope, Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America, stated “that passage of this amendment, as included in the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018, is a testament to the bi-partisan coalition of co-sponsors that have served as a voice of reason, that premium handmade cigars do not deserve the treatment of draconian regulations as proposed by the FDA.  Loope continued, ” the bill further speaks to the original congressional intent of the Tobacco Control Act, while serving as a message to the U.S. Senate, as budget negotiations continue this year.”

CRA would like to publicly commend the House of Representatives for taking action to protect the small business premium cigar manufacturers and retailers of this country as well as protecting the rights of adult consumers of premium cigars.

CRA looks forward to working with our supporters and champions in the Senate as they began the process of consideration of this bill.

CRA is working in partnership with the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association in an effort to seek this premium cigar exemption, and to mitigate the detrimental impact of the currently proposed FDA regulations.

For comments, questions, or additional information regarding the FDA’s announcement, please contact the individuals listed below.

Glynn Loope

Cody Carden

(202) 469.3444

Cigars and Tobacco in History

Have you ever wondered where cigars were first produced?  It is widely believed that cigars were first produced in Spain.  But before cigars became all the rage in Europe, tobacco was needed to make them.

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Hostory of Cigars

The origins of cigar smoking are still unknown. A Guatamalan ceramic pot dating back to the tenth century features a Mayan smoking tobacco leaves tied together with a string. Sikar, the Maya term for smoking, may have inspired the name cigar.

But before cigars became all the rage in Europe, tobacco was needed to make them.  Tobacco is indigenous to the Americas, where native peoples have produced it for hundreds of years.  It is believed that the Maya of Yucatan peninsula in Mexico and parts of Central America cultivated tobacco, and even smoked it!  Tobacco use spread to other tribes, both north and south.  It is believed that its first use in the United States was probably among the tribe along the Mississippi.  It wasn’t until Christopher Columbus sailed his famous voyage to the Americas in 1492 that the rest of the world came to know tobacco.

It is said that Columbus was not impressed by tobacco or its use among native peoples, but many sailors grew found of the strange plant. Soon it quickly caught on in Spain and Portugal.  From there, it spread to France, where the French ambassador Jean Nicot lent his name to the scientific name for tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). The origins of the word tobacco itself are still suspect, although many believe it is simply a corruption of the word Tobago, which is the name of a Caribbean island.  Still others believe it comes from the word Tabasco, a region (and now state) in Mexico. The first tobacco plantation in the United States was established in Virginia in 1612.  More tobacco plantations followed in Maryland soon after.  Although tobacco became a popular crop, it was only smoked in pipes.

The cigar was not introduced to the United States until the late 18th century.  Israel Putnam, an army general who had served in the Revolutionary War, is credited with introducing the cigar to the United States.  He had traveled to Cuba after the Revolutionary War and returned with a box of Cuban cigars.  Their popularity quickly spread, and soon enough cigar factories were established in the area of Harford, Connecticut, where General Putnam resided.  In Europe, cigar production and consumption did not achieve widespread popularity until after the Peninsula War in the early 19th century.  British and French veterans returned to their homelands after years of serving in Spain with their tobacco pipes in tow.  Among the rich and fashionableHealth Fitness Articles, the favored method of taking tobacco was the cigar.  Cigar smoking remains a habit associated with the rich and discriminating of upper society.

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Excerpt from the book by Cosima Aichholzer

Carlos was just seven years old when he secretly stole a Breva from his father, Arturo Fuente. Company founder Arturo, a Cuban exile, rolled cigars in his house using tobacco imported from Cuba until the trade embargo. His son Carlos transferred the production plant to Nicaragua until the Sandinista Revolution. Carlos Fuente fled the country for his safety, losing absolutely everything he had invested in Nicaragua. The family started again in 1980 in the Dominican Republic – this time successfully. Today, cigars from Chateau de la Fuente have acquired cult status, and Carlos Jr “Carlito” is President of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cía and is one of the best-known and most respected representatives in the industry. He is never seen without his hallmark cigar and hat. In Carlos Fuente Jr’s words, “You must run the cigar business with your heart, not with a pencil and paper. You have to have a lot of passion.”

It is with this approach that the Fuente family has achieved globally recognized cigar perfection. The family’s heart is also in the right place: they established a charity located on Chateau de la Fuente, called the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. The Fuente Fuente Opus X is one of the most famous Tubos in the world, followed by the Chateau Fuente series and the Arturo Fuente Hemingway series. They are all of high quality and have distinct characteristics. In 1995, Forbes magazine wrote: “The Fuentes produce cigars in the Dominican Republic that Castro himself would envy.”

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Luxury, exclusivity, status―for centuries, the cigar has been a symbol for the special and extraordinary. Cigar smoking, which began over 2,000 years ago with the Maya, is experiencing a huge renaissance today. The cigar is a recreational luxury item in high demand, a combination of craftsmanship and tradition with a cult following that is hard to top. Connoisseur and cigar expert Cosima Aichholzer is one of the world’s leading authorities on cigars. There isn’t a cigar lounge in the world she hasn’t travelled to, or a brand that she hasn’t personally tested. In this standard reference work for all cigar experts and fans, the sophisticated Austrian provides authoritative answers to questions about the cigar’s history, production process, where tobacco for cigars is grown, how to buy and store cigars, and much more. Let us take you on an exciting and fascinating journey into the world of cigars. Learn more about the countries they come from, the raw materials that go into them, the craftsmanship involved in making them, and the world’s most beautiful cigar lounges, all shown in captivating pictures. Take a look at exclusive accessories, custom-made humidors, luxurious lighters, and many other items. So sit back, light up a cigar with celebrity fellow smokers, and peruse entertaining interviews that include tidbits like the cigar that Arnold Schwarzenegger finds unforgettable.

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