Because language regarding grandfathered products specifies "in the United States"—no Cuban cigars will be grandfathered. As such, if the embargo were to end, Cuban cigars would have to apply as new products.
In reality, these regulations would simply mean if the embargo was lifted it would take as much as an additional six months before Cuban cigars could legally be sold in U.S. humidors.
- Is the government going to make a special exemption for Cubans once the embargo ends?
There's no evidence of this. It would also likely cause a lawsuit. There's zero reason to believe FDA would be in favor of exempting Cuban cigars from regulations.
- Does FDA think these regulations will encourage (more) illegal Cuban cigars sales in the U.S.?
- Does halfwheel think these regulations will encourage illegal Cuban cigars sales in the U.S.?