The Cigar Industry Report is a one-stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop. It is a combination of the news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. In addition, each week we will look back at Cigar Coop history. Look for this report every Saturday morning at 8 am Eastern Time.


Cigar Industry Report: Volume 6, Number 36 (Edition 237 7/29/17)

Feature of the Week: Rough Week for Cigar Industry Ends on Positive Note 

First it was news of Marco Rubio’s fight to get a premium cigar exemption on the Senate Appropriations Bill; then it was the ruling against the vape industry that cast doubt on whether the courts can change the predicate date, and finally it was several anti-tobacco groups petitioning the Court to be named as defendants in the cigar industry’s lawsuit against the FDA. All sad news, but things changed yesterday.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a near-three-year delay for cigar makers to be required to get agency approval for any product marketed after February 15, 2007. This moves the deadline from November 8, 2018 to August 8, 2021 to keep a non-grandfathered product on the market.

IPCPR 2017 Reports

Be sure to follow our 2017 IPCPR Digest for our full coverage.

We had the following Feature Stories

This week we filed the following reports:

Other News

Legislative News

  • House of Representatives: H.R. 564 is a proposed piece of legislation that calls for an exemption from FDA Regulation for premium handmade cigars. This week no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors is now 121.
  • U.S. SenateS.294 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 564. This week Rob Goodall [R-Georgia] signed on as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors remains at 16.
  • House Bill 1136: H.R. 1136 is the legislation to change the Grandfather Date for Deeming Tobacco products subject to FDA Regulation from February 15, 2017, to 21 days after enactment of the regulations. This week four new co-sponsors were added: Tom Marino [R-Pennsylvania], Scott Desmarais [R-Tennessee], Elise Stefanik [R-New York], and Doug Collins [R-Georgia]. The total number of sponsors is now 83.
  • Maine: Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have raised the age to purchase tobacco in the state to 21.

Prime Time Show

For Episode 15 we welcomed, Paul Stulac from Paul Stulac Cigars .We learned talked about some great cities in our Debonaire Ideal segment. Finally, discussed some additional IPCPR topics.

On Prime Time Special Edition #7 we discussed IPCPR including the Rudy Giuliani Keynote speech.

Prime Time Schedule

Our shows are available on YouTube, Podbean, iTunes, Tune In Radio, and Google Play.

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Special Edition #8 (8/1/17) : The FDA Extension – 9:15PM
Episode 16 (8/3/17): Bryan Mussard, Cattle Baron Cigars
Episode 17 (8/17/17) Kevin Schweitzer, Rock-A-Feillar Cigars
Episode 18 (8/24/17) TBD
Episode 19 (8/31/17) Charlie Minato, Halfwheel
Episode 20 (9/7/17) Tom Lazuka, Asylum Cigars

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