Judge Sides With Tobacco Companies In FDA Labeling Lawsuit 

Tobacco companies have won a partial victory in the fight against U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation, as a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a label change on a tobacco product does not mean the agency should consider it to be new.U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington D.C. ruled in favor of Altria […]

Death of a Legend: Carlos Fuente Sr.

Carlos Fuente Sr., the patriarch and longtime chairman of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., died on Friday night in Tampa, Florida, after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 81 years old, and was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. Fuente ran one of the world’s largest handmade cigar companies, presiding […]

FDA’s Pathways To Market: Cigars Have Few Channels For Product Approval

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its authority over tobacco products and issued new regulations that affect how a cigar company can sell its premium or machine-made cigars. As part of the new rules, cigarmakers must seek approval from the FDA in order to launch a new cigar or continue selling a […]

FDA User Fees Mean More Costs For Cigar Companies

There’s another added cost of doing business for cigar companies, at least for those that sell tobacco products in the United States—quarterly user fees. Whether a large or small cigar company, most will have to pay the Food and Drug Administration user fees that could add up to a combined $65 million per year for […]

Cigar Business Buckles Down To Beat FDA Deadline

Many manufacturers of premium cigars are concentrating their efforts to get all new cigar products to the market before August 8. This is the deadline imposed by the Food & Drug Administration, which will begin regulating the cigar industry on the same date. Cigar producers that make the deadline will be allowed to put their […]