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.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.