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The FDA wants to hear from you. Help us by submitting a comment to the FDA urging them to both exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation and save America’s last premium cigar factory by including the cigars that J.C. Newman Cigar Company rolls in its historic Tampa, Florida cigar factory in the definition of “premium cigar.”


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          1. Go to: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FDA-2017-N-6107-0001
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I am an American adult who enjoys premium cigars. I strongly urge you to both exempt premium cigars from FDA
regulation and save America’s last premium cigar factory by including the cigars that J.C. Newman Cigar
Company rolls in its historic Tampa, Florida cigar factory in the definition of “premium cigar.”

Although premium cigars are artisanal, handcrafted products, FDA has subjected them to the same strict,
onerous, and exorbitant requirements designed for the cigarette industry. Complying with premarket review,
warning labels, and product testing will cost family businesses like J.C. Newman millions of dollars
and force them to close. By FDA’s own calculations, regulation will put 50% of all cigar companies
in America out of business.

Since the Deeming Rule was adopted, new research has found that premium cigars (a) are not used by children;
(b) are smoked infrequently by adults; (c) are distinct from other tobacco products; and (d) do not significantly
increase the risk of mortality. The extreme costs of regulating premium cigars grossly outweigh any likely benefits.

I strongly support the comments submitted by the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association,
Cigar Rights of America, Cigar Association of America, J.C. Newman Cigar Company and many others
who explain this issue in more depth. Please do not allow FDA regulation to crush historic premium cigar
makers like J.C. Newman. Thank you very much for your consideration.