PRESS RELEASE: Cigar Smokers Rights Guide

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SOURCE: Famous Smoke Shop
Famous Smoke Shop
March 30, 2017 05:00 ET

Overview

Top Premium Cigar Retailer Launches Cigar Smokers’ Rights Guide;
Famous Smoke Shop Details Effects of Newly-Enacted FDA Cigar Regulations

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has debuted their new interactive Cigar Smokers’ Rights Hub. Crafted in response to the US Food & Drug Administration’s 2016 Final Deeming Rule regarding premium cigars and other tobacco products, the Famous Smoke guide presents cigar enthusiasts with a history of legal actions affecting the tobacco industry. The Smokers’ Rights Hub also offers cigar smokers a detailed understanding of how FDA’s new regulations will negatively impact the premium cigar industry, and the legal challenges that have been mounted against the agency’s sweeping new rules.
“The rights of adult cigar enthusiasts to purchase and enjoy a completely legal product are quickly going up in flames.” Arthur Zaretsky is the president and owner of Famous Smoke Shop, who has launched a Cigar Smokers’ Rights Hub — a website devoted to educating consumers about the Food & Drug Administration’s Final Deeming Rule concerning premium cigars. FDA released 499 pages of new and strict cigar regulations in August of 2016, filled with measures, rulings, definitions and fees that “completely overstepped the authority FDA was given by Congress to regulate tobacco,” says Zaretsky. His company’s goal is to inform customers — and cigar enthusiasts at large — about how these rules are shortchanging consumers, unfair to business and in violation of US law. “The agency is going at this regulation, and the costs associated with compliance, blindly. FDA has failed to perform an adequate, legitimate cost-benefit analysis of the Final Rule’s economic impact on small businesses, as is required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act,” says Zaretsky, who adds, “the FDA is defying the law.”
The Smokers’ Rights Hub notes significant factors that distinguish cigars from cigarettes. Their contents, and how their made, are vastly different, says Cigar Advisor Managing Editor John Pullo: “premium cigars are made entirely by hand, with whole tobacco leaf. Cigarettes are vastly different — they’re made on high speed machines, in bulk, using chopped tobaccos and additives. Cigars and cigarettes are very different, and shouldn’t be treated the same way.” In spite of those differences, FDA is now regulating premium cigars in the same way as cigarettes — and has put into place significant restrictions on the blending of new cigars, levying of fees on cigar makers to have their products chemically tested and kept on the market for sale, as well as reclassifying retailers as “manufacturers” for selling cigar samplers and house pipe blends. These vast new changes have prompted the premium cigar industry to sue the FDA on Constitutional grounds.
The history of modern governmental regulation over tobacco stretches 50 years, according to the Cigar Smokers’ Rights timeline. “All the while, the federal government has slowly — and quite frankly, unfairly — been chipping away at cigar smokers’ rights,” says Zaretsky. Because these new regulations are such a broad overreach of the regulatory authority granted to FDA by Congress in 2009, three industry groups have filed suit against the agency to have the Deeming Rule rescinded. Mark Pursell, CEO of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association, noted in a statement: “After a thorough and detailed legal review, we are challenging this unlawful regulatory action in federal court to protect the statutory and constitutional rights of our industry and its members.” Cigar Association of America President Craig Williamson added, “We hoped the FDA would craft a flexible regulatory structure that accounted for the uniqueness of our industry. Instead, we got a broad, one-size-fits-all rule that fails to account for how cigars and premium cigars are manufactured, distributed, sold and consumed in the United States. The FDA exceeded its statutory authority and violated the federal rulemaking process when crafting this set of broad and sweeping regulations.”
The details of this suit, along with regular updates on additional filings and motions, are currently posted at the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Rights site, so that consumers can follow the industry’s fighting against FDA’s massive regulatory changes.
The new Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Smokers’ Rights Hub details many of the changes the FDA has made regarding their tobacco enforcement measures, including how premium cigars will become more expensive, due to the added costs of FDA approval fees being passed to retailers and consumers. The Hub also lays out how the selection of cigars currently available for sale will likely become smaller, as the new FDA rules will force some existing brands off the market — while limiting the influx of new cigars on store shelves: “that rich tradition of Innovation by cigar makers will be stifled,” says Cigar Advisor’s John Pullo. This, he says, is why cigar lovers can educate themselves with the helpful service that Famous provides. “We as cigar enthusiasts need to empower ourselves with information about the regulation of our hobby, and about the steps being taken by the FDA to unfairly limit our choices at the cigar shop and online. A resource like the Rights Hub is critical to becoming a well-informed consumer.”

About Famous Smoke Shop

Famous Smoke Shop is the #1 American-owned discount cigar retailer, home to the lowest prices on the largest selection of premium cigars, humidors and cigar accessories in the country. With over one thousand cigar brands in stock, including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, cigar smokers shop at Famous Smoke Shop with confidence: every purchase is backed by the Famous Freshness Guarantee and award-winning customer service. Famous remains committed to educating each and every adult customer on their right to enjoy tobacco products responsibly.

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION:
Famous Smoke Shop
90 Mort Drive
Easton, PA 18040
800-564-2486

 

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Cigar Auction Benefit Event @ Zafutos Cigar Lounge in Ontario, California on Friday, 2/17/17

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Cigar Auction Event to benefit BOTL DAVE LATINA and his medical expenses.

ATTENTION ALL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CIGAR SMOKERS:

For those unaware, David Latina, of the former Azucar Lounge in Corona, formerly of Zafutos Cigar Lounge in Ontario and presently with Havana Cigars in Phoenix Arizona, suffered a tragic freak accident late last year that resulted in paralysis and is on a long road to recovery.

Dave, a retired San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff, businessman and all around amazing person, is our well-known Brother of the Leaf who has always been there in support of the Cigar Industry.

Let’s SUPPORT HIM and his family by getting together NEXT FRIDAY – February, 17, 2017 @ 5 pm for a CIGAR AUCTION @ ZAFUTOS CIGAR LOUNGE in Ontario, Ca – to help him and his family with non-insurance supplemented expenses; specifically, specialized chair lift and such.

THE AUCTION: There will be a large variety of Premium Cigar (boxes) from various Cigar Manufacturers/Brands for you to bid on, as well as donated items from vendors and businesses for raffle. Of course, Zafutos wide selection of cigars and accessories will also be available, as usual.

This event is your opportunity to support Dave and his family, as well as GET INCREDIBLE DEALS ON CIGARS AND CIGAR ACCESSORIES.

THIS IS A CASH ONLY EVENT (the Auction) – please bring cash! (there is an ATM nearby).

Are you a BRAND OWNER or Cigar Industry professional? Please consider participating with a donation of any sort for raffle.

Are you a business owner of any sort? Please consider donating for the raffle as well.

YOU MAY CONTACT:

Zafutos Cigar Haven @ (909) 980-9943 and speak to staff there about the event

 

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1st Annual BOnanza Cigar Event in Bellflower, California

 

January 28, 2017

Bellflower, California

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 Any cigar aficionado or industry person in Southern California most likely knows Bo Mouissat – Tobacconist Extraordinaire of the famous Bo’s Cigar Lounge chain in Los Angeles County.

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Bo’s affinity for cigars has rubbed off on his family, especially his beautiful daughter Mimi Valenzuela, General Manager of Bo’s Cigar Lounges, which features large, well stocked walk-in humidors with 90 + rated handrolled premium cigars, cool and breezy patio seating, opulent decor, high ceilings with excellent ventilation and impeccable customer service.

Bo’s lounges are renowned for their friendly atmosphere, great selection and famous, well attended events by their loyal, diverse following.

Bo’s hosted it’s first annual BOnanza Cigar Event on Saturday January 28th.  This multi-vendor selling event, was the first of it’s kind in the area, featuring:   12 cigar manufacturers that came to promote their brands + 3 local Bellflower restaurants: French Quarters – Johnny Rebs – Fronks Restaurant, who all brought their most delicious offerings. Musical entertainment was courtesy of the Cuban Jazz Train and Big ‘D’ and the Blues Street Band!

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Craft Beer was flowing all day. and more than 250 people  attended throughout the day, enjoying the amazing cigar box specials, as well as raffles for cigar accesories, big screen TVs, and even trips to tour the factories of Drew Estate, Espinosa Cigars and Rocky Patel!

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Cigar Manufacturers that participated were:

Alec Bradley

CAO

Drew Estate

Espinosa

Ghurka

Kristoff

La Galera

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Rocky Patel

Room 101

Via Havana

and special thanks to Delicia the Cigar Vixen, whose series you can now purchase on Amazon

READY FOR NEXT YEAR?!

Mimi and Danny Valenzuela
www.greatcigarevents.com

Cigar Event Tonight in Southern California

Kristoff Cigars Event with Glen Case @ Havana Cigar Lounge in Apple Valley, Ca

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13692 Apple Valley Rd #250,

Apple Valley, CA 92308