Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration released its final rule deeming Tobacco Products to be Suject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This rule brings under regulation, cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes and hooka. The entire final rule can be viewed by clicking here.
WASHINGTON (May 6, 2016)-- Craig Williamson, the President of the Cigar Association of America, released the following statement Friday on the FDA's final Deeming Rule. The FDA released on Thursday the final version of a regulation deeming all tobacco products subject to FDA regulation.
"For the past four years, the Cigar Association of America actively worked to educate the FDA on the unique nature of the cigar industry and the need for a regulatory structure that appropriately reflects how cigars are produced and consumed in the United States. On behalf of our members, the Cigar Association of America submitted extensive comments to the FDA on the draft rule in order to provide the FDA with the information needed to develop its regulatory framework.”
"The association is undertaking an extensive review of the FDA's final rule and guidance documents, which tally well over 500 pages, to determine how the rule will impact cigar manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. We are evaluating our next steps."
Craig Williamson is the President of the Cigar Association of America. The Cigar Association of America, Inc. (CAA) is the national trade organization of cigar manufacturers, importers and distributors as well as major suppliers to the industry. Originally established in New York City in 1937 as Cigar Manufacturers of America, the CAA's roots date back to predecessor organizations prior to 1900.