According to Cigar Rights of America on June 7, 2016, seven United States Senators – Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) – sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to express their concerns with the final rule that subjected premium cigars to regulation.
In the body of the letter, the seven Senators not only expressed their dismay with FDA’s decision, but they also posed, and are seeking answers, to questions as to how the FDA will manage and implement the provisions being subjected on the premium cigar industry. Their questions, can help build the case that the FDA is unprepared and ill advised to pursue regulations on premium and large cigars.
These senators and fourteen of their colleagues are co-sponsors of S. 441 which calls for an exemption from regulation for premium and large cigars.
To date, the letter has yet to be answered.
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