Cigar Rights of America (CRA) has issued the first statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s proposed ban on flavored cigars.
CRA issued the following statement:
It is unclear at this time if the intended ban will apply only to mass-market flavored cigars. FDA intends to address this issue in the preamble to any proposed product standard rule, however, there is ongoing litigation regarding premium cigars and under a definition adopted in a recent court case, a premium cigar does not have a characterizing flavor other than tobacco.
FDA intends to publish a proposed rule in the next year. Before the affective date of any rule, there will be an opportunity for the public to comment.