Dems Want FDA Regulation Of Flavored Cigars
One Problem - FDA Doesn’t Regulate Cigar Industry...
By Dell Hill
Don’t these people have really important economic “stuff” to tend to?
Shown here is a package of White Owl Grape flavored cigars.
Swisher Sweets could be the next target of federal tobacco regulation.
A group of U.S. senators is urging the Food and Drug Administration
to ban flavored cigars, claiming the "candy-like flavorings"
increasingly are luring teens into the smoking habit -- even as they
turn away from cigarettes.
contain the same toxic and cancer-causing chemicals contained in
cigarettes, and public health experts have warned that cigars are not
safe alternatives to cigarettes," the senators wrote in a letter to FDA
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.
letter comes as the FDA exerts newly granted authority to regulate
tobacco products. The FDA in 2009 officially banned flavored cigarettes.
Despite some confusion at the time, the regulation did not end up
applying to many flavored cigars and cigarillos like Swisher Sweets or
Black & Milds, which are among the most popular cigar products in
FDA has shown an interest in regulating cigars, and the senators on
Thursday urged the agency to close what they described as the
"regulatory loopholes" allowing the flavored brands to stay on the
with candy-like flavorings such as strawberry, watermelon, vanilla and
chocolate attract kids to smoking and help hook them on this addictive
habit," they wrote. The letter was signed by Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
Bottom Line: Sooooo, if you’re going to go so far as to ban flavored
cigars, why not ban ALL cigars? You’re saying cigar smoking is
“deadly”, but just want to get your foot in the door by banning flavored
Don’t you @$$ holes have anything better to do???