The increased penalties are due to inflation.
Earlier this week, the two groups met with government officials regarding the upcoming flavored cigar ban.
This is one of the final steps before the bans can go into effect.
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.
The White House says Joe Biden would veto a proposal from House Republicans that would prevent FDA from banning flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes.
Proposed Funding Bill Would Prevent FDA From Banning Flavored Cigars/Menthol Cigarettes, Enacting Nicotine Limits
The proposed language would block FDA from enacting three of its top anti-tobacco proposals.
The House Oversight Committee is asking for documents regarding how the agency operates while also airing out some grievances the vaping industry has with FDA. Cigars do not appear to be a focus for the committee.
FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products Responds to Reagan-Udall Foundation Report, Announces Plans for New Transparency & Policy Units
After public missteps surrounding Juul, the Reagan-Udall Foundation was tasked with reviewing how FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products was doing. It issued a report in December outlining some changes, today, the agency has responded in detail about how it plans on making some of those changes.
The Reagan-Udall Foundation’s report is critical of FDA’s leadership, transparency and inability to act quickly. While cigars are barely mentioned in the report, there are some parts of this that could impact the regulation of cigars in the future.
PCA’s meeting comes while the industry awaits whether FDA will still regulate “premium cigars.”
Henney served as FDA Commissioner from 1999-2001.