Let’s talk about Cigar Rights of America, the organization whose primary purpose is to give you…us, the premium tobacco consumers of this great country, the voice we deserve, yelling in the ears of the politicians in DC.
So, are you a member?
If yes, then I extend my thanks. Every member is one more voice we can legitimately claim to represent while facing some serious issues being aimed at the cigar industry.
If no, why not? I would assume you don’t realize what’s at stake here. At the beginning of last year, President Obama gave the FDA carte blanche to enact regulation without the approval of congress. Here’s an excerpt from the pop up you’ll see when entering the CRA main page
|Help Exempt Premium Cigars From FDA Regulation!
H.R. 792 – A bill to clarify the FDA’s jurisdiction over certain tobacco products
Did you know that on April 26, 2010, December 20, 2010, July 7, 2011, February 13, 2012 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration publicly posted their intent to regulate cigars in the Federal Register?Some of the measures FDA could consider, as we believe they are, include:
- Ban on walk-in humidors, self serve cigar displays, and mail-order cigar sales;
- Ban on all flavored cigars, that are enjoyed by legal-age adults;
- Deface ornate, decorative cigar boxes, often considered an art form with grotesque images;
- Ban on cigar events where free cigars (samples) could be available to legal-age adults;
- Limits on cigar marketing and advertising;
- Imposition of new ‘user fees’ [tax] on cigars, to finance regulations;
- Limits on special release and small-batch cigars, due to mandates that cigar blends be submitted to FDA for pre-approval before release;
- Limits on nicotine levels on cigars to near zero, severely impacting the flavor of cigars;
- Ban on marketing cigar merchandise.
Here’s a link to the full text of HR792 At last count, we had 59 congressional co-sponsors to this bill and 215,377 petitions sent to our representatives encouraging them to support this land mark bill that would clearly define premium cigars and remove them from the purview of the FDA.
Of course, the up to date count can be seen any time you go to Cigar Rights Main Page
Do you remember the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994? Everyone said it’d never happen. People were complacent and our government took action against our individual liberty. Of course, after that ban, the NRA saw a massive spike in membership and has since, all the way up to today’s massive defeat of the bill Senator Pelosi introduced, been staunchly advocating the rights of their constituents.
We don’t have to let an Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 happen to the Cigar industry. We can’t, our freedom, hundreds if not thousands of small businesses and their jobs rely on our voice being heard.
And it’s not just the federal level that has problems. A great example is someone I’m proud to call a friend and a great role model in how to run a business, Abe Dababneh, owner of the Smoke Inn empire. With a dozen shops and one of the most recognizable online presences, he certainly qualify as a key player in the industry… Yet, Palm Beach county wants to enact an outdoor smoking ban that could jeopardize everything he’s working incredibly hard to create, including a good number of jobs which he provides in an economic environment that’s seen some of the worst unemployment since the depression. Where’s the logic in that?
Open your wallet, protect your freedom. It’s only $35 to join for a year.
Click Here to Sign up online
(please put: Joe Terry, Ambassador 0198 in the ‘referred by’ column if you go this route)
Or go to the main page, let them know where you live and they’ll show you the CRA Ambassadors for your state. Contact them if you want to actually talk to someone about why the CRA is so important.
And now, we have S 772 in the senate!
S. 772 Joins H.R. 792 – As Key to Warding off FDA Regulation of Cigars
With an historic act of political leadership for all those that have a passion for premium cigars, U.S Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, have again joined together in a spirit of bi-partisan leadership to send a loud and clear message to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – “Leave Our Cigars, Alone!” Early this morning, it was assigned the bill number, S. 772.
However, Senators Nelson and Rubio are not alone this year in the launch of a bill to protect premium cigars from destructive regulations by the federal government.
In another display of bi-partisan cooperation, a diverse coalition of U.S. Senators have joined S. 772 as original co-sponsors. They include Senator Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana (and Chair of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee); Senator Jon Tester, D-Montana; Senator Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, and Senator David Vitter, R-Louisiana.
Cigar Rights of America commends the leadership of these Senators for our cause of Cigar Liberty from the tyranny of federal regulation. To have such legislation filed two years in a row, is a testament to the perseverance of all that share in the camaraderie of a great cigar. It is recognition by these members of Congress that by the FDA even contemplating the regulation of cigars, the agency is going beyond their legislative intent.
We ARE gaining momentum, but your help, as the consumer is Crucial! Join now and tell DC that we won’t have our freedom trampled!
We’ve blown past 70 co sponsors in the house and are building steam!
CRA is fighting for your rights, but we NEED your name on our rosters!