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What the Election Results Mean for Cigar Smokers: 2020 Edition

Barring some very on-brand 2020 curveballs, Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. As I did the last time I published...
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10 Thoughts: FDA’s Substantial Equivalence Requirements Delayed for Premium Cigars

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s premarket approval deadline of Sept. 9, 2020...
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12 Thoughts: FDA Wants to Reevaluate How to Regulate Premium Cigars

By Sept. 8, 2020 cigar manufacturers and others will have to submit documentation to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for premarket approval to...
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Six Thoughts: Goodbye to Nat Sherman

When I was growing up, my father’s humidor was a Nat Sherman humidor. The small thing that he bought in the 1980s could probably store...
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Six Thoughts: Appeals Court Strikes Down All FDA Cigar & Pipe Warning Labels

Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) could not require...
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12 Thoughts: PCA 2020 Is Canceled, Now Onto Bigger Problems

A few weeks ago, I raised a question to some people in the cigar industry: What would the conditions need to be for the Premium...
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PCA 2020: The Reckoning is Here

The moment of reckoning has arrived. On Friday, Altadis U.S.A., Davidoff of Geneva USA, Drew Estate and General Cigar Co.—likely the four largest companies in...
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Eight Things: FDA’s Planned Ban on Flavored Vaping Pods & Premium Cigars Being the “Lowest Priority”

Earlier today, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration unveiled draft guidance that would effectively lead to a ban on flavored vaping and e-cigarette pods/cartridges. In...
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Ten Questions for 2020

Welcome to the 10th version of Ten Questions. In December 2009, I decided to write an editorial that previewed some of the big topics for the following...
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Graded: Ten Questions for 2019

It’s in the mid-50s, the skies are gray and the space heater is fired up on the balcony, which means only one thing: it’s time...
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Understanding H.R. 2339: A Doomsday Scenario for the Cigar Industry That Probably Won’t Happen

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health passed H.R. 2339, the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. The bill includes...
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