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Court Grants Cigar Industry More Time to Respond to FDA’s Appeal of Premium Cigar Lawsuit (Update)

Attorneys representing the cigar industry have asked the court to let them have until April 1, 2024 to respond to the government’s appeal. The government is opposed, allegedly interested in having oral arguments heard on the appeal in May.

Cigar Tax Cap Language Introduced in Virginia

The proposed language would introduce a tax cap of 30 cents per cigar, reducing the price of any cigar with an MSRP of at least $3.10.

Appeal Filed in FDA Premium Cigar Lawsuit

Today, the attorneys representing the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) submitted a brief in their appeal of the decision in Cigar Association of America…

Columbus, Ohio Plans to Sue Over State’s New Tobacco Preemption Clause

While Columbus’ existing flavored tobacco ban will no longer be enforceable as of April 24, the fight over the law may not be done.

Missouri Tobacco Preemption Bill Introduced

The bill would prevent local governments from enacting laws related to tobacco and vaping products that are stricter than state laws, i.e. only the state would be able to ban the sales of flavored cigars.

Ohio Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto of Tobacco Preemption Law

In a win for tobacco stores and consumers, local cities and counties will not be able to introduce their own laws stricter than state law. This bill was created in direct response to the city of Columbus banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, a ban that is no longer legal.

Florida Bill Would Ban Smoking and Vaping at State Beaches and Parks

The last time Florida changed state laws regarding banning smoking at public beaches and parks, cigars were exempt. This time, there’s no cigar carve out.

21 Attorneys General Call for Biden to Approve Flavored Cigar & Menthol Cigarette Bans

Attorneys general from 18 states, two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have sent the Biden administration a letter urging the White House to quickly act on banning the sales of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

New Jersey Legislature Will Once Again Debate Casino Smoking Ban

Legislators have considered removing the exemption every year since 2006.