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.
The Department of Justice will have to file its brief by Jan. 16, 2024.
The resolution would define a premium cigar and declare it to be separate from other tobacco products.
The new timeline suggest the final rules could be announced in March 2024, but it’s unclear whether that will happen.
The increased penalties are due to inflation.
Earlier this week, the two groups met with government officials regarding the upcoming flavored cigar ban.
The effects of last month’s ruling in Cigar Association of America et al. v. United States Food and Drug Administration et al. are beginning to shape.
While there are no major policy changes, these announcement serve as a reminder that the Biden White House supports FDA’s plans to ban the sales of flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes.
You now have 30 more days to submit comments regarding FDA’s proposed new rules for factories that produce tobacco products. Despite the premium cigar industry’s court victory earlier this month, many cigar companies will likely need to comply with these rules.