Guide to FDA’s Regulation of Cigars
On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would regulate premium cigars for the first time in history. This announcement came two years after the agency published a draft of its proposed regulations for cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarette and vapor products and other unregulated tobacco products.
FDA previously indicated it was considering two options, one of which would have excluded premium cigars from regulation. Ultimately, the agency decided to regulate premium cigars, which will begin on Aug. 8, 2016 with various components taking effect over the next three years.
While FDA published a 499-page document outlining the regulations, the reality is, that’s just the start of it. In truth, the regulations are fleshed out through thousands of pages published over the last few years. It’s a lengthy, complex set of documents; but, it’s vital that cigar consumers, retailers and manufacturers have an understanding of what lies ahead.
Our goal is to help craft that understanding in an easy to digest manner.
Two years ago, we published halfwheel.com/fda for the first time. It was a microsite dedicated to explaining the potential regulations in a more interactive manner. Now, with the regulations finalized, we’ve created a new microsite to explain the finalized regulations in a similar manner.
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