Legislation

House Tax Bill Includes Massive Cigar Tax Increase

The new major tax bill proposed by Democrats in the House of Representatives would dramatically increase the federal taxes on tobacco products, including more than…

Vernon, Conn. Bans Smoking in Parks, Town-Owned Properties

In response to concerns over the “congregation of large and disruptive crowds” in town-owned parks, Vernon, Conn. has banned smoking on all town-owned properties. It…

FDA Tells Swisher Its Cigars Can Remain on Market Pending SE Reviews, Request Lawsuit Moves to D.C.

There have been a plethora of filings in the lawsuit filed by Swisher against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month, including…

Louisville, Ky. Council Votes Against Cigar Bars

Cigar bars will remain banned in Louisville, Ky. Yesterday, the Lousiville Metro Council voted 11-15 on a cigar bar ordinance. Because the measure failed to…

Swisher Sues FDA Over Sept. 9 Premarket Approval Enforcement

On Sept. 9, 2021, tobacco companies—albeit very few premium cigar companies—could be required to remove their products from shelves while the companies wait for the…

Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to California’s Flavored Tobacco Ban

A lawsuit challenging the legality of California’s planned ban on flavored tobacco has been dismissed. On Friday, Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo of the U.S. District…

Bristol, Tenn. Passes Public Smoking Ban

At its meeting this week, the Bristol City Council passed an ordinance that bans smoking and vaping in parks, playgrounds and what is described as…

Senate Agriculture Bill Would Direct FDA to Report on Premium Cigar Exemption

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved S. 2599, the 2022 Agriculture Appropriations bill. In it, language is included that would direct the U.S….

Edgewater, Colo. Bans Flavored Tobacco Products

At its meeting Tuesday, the Edgewater City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and e-cigarettes, within…

Augusta, Ga. Changes Law to Allow for Cigar Bars

Cigar bars are becoming legal in Augusta, Ga. Yesterday, the Augusta Commission voted 8-2 in favor of modifying the city’s smoke-free ordinance to allow for…

Five Things: What Today’s Federal Appeals Court Loss Means for Cigars

Today, the cigar industry suffered a resounding defeat at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. It’s the latest ruling in Cigar…