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.
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.
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.
This is one of the final steps before the bans can go into effect.