Yearly Archives: 2018

IPCPR Emergency Notice

The IPCPR trade show will open today at 1:00 PM due to an electrical fire that occurred early this morning. Staff and crew are working hard to get everything ready and to ensure everyone’s safety. The following companies have been effected, and as of right now only key personnel from the following companies are allowed on the show floor at this time: AJ Fernandez Al Capone Arango Bags of Bags Drew Estate Costello Pipe Benchmade […]

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FDA Warning Label Lawsuit Update from IPCPR

Federal Judge Delays Cigar Warning Requirements Earlier today, D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta issued an injunction prohibiting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration from enforcing its warning label requirements on cigars and pipe tobacco. The warning label requirements for packaging and advertising were slated to go into effect on August 10th. Judge Mehta’s order delays any enforcement of the requirement until at least 60 days after the conclusion of an appeal currently underway.  No […]

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IPCPR Update on the WestGate Hotel

Message Concerning the Westgate Due to the illness outbreak at the Westgate, the IPCPR has decided to move the location of the pre-show events from the Westgate to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The pre-show seminars, the “Boundaries Are Made to Be Broken” party presented by CAO, and the opening breakfast will all be held in the Convention Center. We are working through some of the final details and will update the meeting app over […]

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IPCPR: Senators Send Letter to FDA on Premium Cigar Exemption

  Earlier this week, Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson led a bipartisan letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, directing the FDA to bring quick regulatory relief to the premium cigar industry.  Signed by 17 Senators, the letter outlines the need for the quick adoption of a premium cigar definition by the agency and the ultimate exemption of that product category from current FDA regulations. The letter comes as the FDA has recently extended by 30 days […]

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FDA Warning Label Requirements for Cigar Packaging

  August 10th marks a major milestone in the implementation of FDA’s Deeming Rule.  On this date, the warning label requirements for cigar and pipe tobacco packaging and advertising go into effect. Below are a few things retailers should know ahead of time. IPCPR plans to release additional briefs on aspects of the warning label requirements over the coming days. These briefs will cover issues including the point-of-sale signage requirements for retailers of individual, unpackaged […]

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FDA Announces Extension to Tobacco Related ANPRMs

  Earlier today, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced extensions to three advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) dockets currently underway.  The extension covers the ANPRMs on nicotine reduction, flavors and premium cigars. This extension provides additional time for industry to present its case to the administration and submit comments to the FDA.  IPCPR, along with other industry associations, members of Congress and industry stakeholders submitted extension requests. Our association applauds the FDA’s […]

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Judge Rules in Cigar Industry Lawsuit Against FDA

Yesterday, Judge Amit Mehta issued an opinion on several issues raised in the IPCPR’s lawsuit against the FDA. Notably, Judge Mehta struck down the requirement that retailers who blend pipe tobacco must register their establishments with and submit product listings to the FDA. This is a positive development for IPCPR members and significantly eases the compliance burden facing many premium tobacconists around the country. However, Judge Mehta did not endorse other challenges to the FDA’s: […]

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IPCPR, CAA, and CRA Joint Statement on Passage of FY 19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

IPCPR, CAA, and CRA Joint Statement on Passage of FY 19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill Today, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association, Cigar Association of America, and Cigar Rights of America were pleased to announce the adoption of language in the FY 2019 budget as approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations that works to protect premium cigars from overreaching and burdensome regulations, as proposed by the U.S. Food & Drug […]

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