NEW RESEARCH

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to regulate premium cigars in 2016, new research – conducted by FDA scientists and/or funded by FDA – has found that:


1. Children do not smoke premium cigars.

In 2013, the National Institutes of Health and FDA starting collecting national, longitudinal data as part of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH). The first analysis of PATH data, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2017, found no statistically significant use of “traditional cigars” by minors on a “daily” or “frequent” basis. The study defined “traditional cigars” to include both handmade cigars as well as the cigars that J.C. Newman rolls on its hand-operated, antique machines in its historic Tampa cigar factory.

Citation: Karin A Kasza et al., “Tobacco­Product Use by Adults and Youths in the United States in 2013 and 2014”, 376 New England Journal of Medicine 342–353, at Supp. Appx. Table S4 (Jan. 26, 2017).

2. Premium cigars are smoked infrequently.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an analysis of the 2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey, which found that 96.7% of consumers smoke fewer than one premium cigar per day: “Among cigar smokers who usually smoked premium cigars, 3.3% reported ‘every day’ use, 25.6% reported ‘some day’ use, and 71.2% reported use ‘rarely.’”


Citation: Catherine G. Corey et al., “Little Filtered Cigar, Cigarillo, and Premium Cigar Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2012–2013”, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Aug. 1, 2014).


3. FDA staff concluded that premium cigars are distinct from other tobacco products.

After analyzing the 2013-14 PATH data, FDA staff concluded: “[T]he results illustrate clear distinctions between premium and non-premium [cigar] smoker characteristics, use patterns and purchasing behaviors.” They also reported that:

   •  The median premium cigar consumer smokes 1.7 days out of every 30 days.
   •  The median age of first premium cigar use is 24.5.
   •  80% of premium cigars are purchased at specialty stores.
   •  79% of premium cigars are sold individually.
   •  The median price of a premium cigar is $7.49.

Citation: Catherine G. Corey et al., “US Adult Cigar Smoking Patterns, Purchasing Behaviors, and Reasons for Use According to Cigar Type: Findings From the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, 2013–2014”, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, at 7 (Sep. 15, 2017).


4. Smoking premium cigars does not increase the risk of mortality.

This 2018 article analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Mortality Study from 1973 to 2011 and found that there is no statistically significant increase in mortality for adults who smoke fewer than one cigar per day. As explained above, data show that 96.7% of premium cigar consumers smoke fewer than one cigar per day and the median premium cigar consumer smokes 1.7 days out of every 30 days. Accordingly, for the 96.7% of premium cigar consumers who smoke fewer than one cigar per day, data show no increase in mortality.


Citation: Carol H. Christensen et al., “Association of Cigarette, Cigar, and Pipe Use With Mortality Risk in the US Population”, JAMA Internal Medicine (Feb. 19, 2018), at E6 (Table 3).


Accordingly, there is no scientific justification for imposing the FDA’s crushing regulations on family-owned premium cigar companies like J.C. Newman.