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 8am Eastern Time.

Cigar Industry Report: Edition 324 (4/6/19)

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Feature of the Week: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Substantial Equivalence

If there is one thing that has been keeping the premium cigar industry up at night, it is Substantial Equivalence (SE). This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance on the Federal Register on proposed rule-making around the SE process. We’ve got the details here.

News and Previews

Legislative News

  • U.S. Senate: S.9 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 remains at 12.
  • U.S. House of Representatives: H.R.1854 is the House Companion Bill to S.9  sponsors. This week Rep. Mark Meadows [R-North Carolina] signed on as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is 37. Meanwhile ,a bill has been introduced that would raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
  • FDA: Senator Marco Rubio held a Field Hearing in Ybor City
  • Washington: The state became the ninth one to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21 as Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill passed by the legislature into law.


Editor’s Corner

This month’s editorial is titled “Cigar Media Matters

Prime Time Show

For Episode 90, Eddy Guerra of Altadis U.S.A. was our special guest. In our Debonaire Ideal segment, we talked about classic video games and in our Deliberation Segment, we discussed two industry topics.

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Episode 91 (4/11/19): Kyle Gellis, Warped Cigars

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