The Obama-run Food and Drug Administration is about to cripple the cigar industry, unless the public speaks out. That is the subject matter of the latest Conservative On Fire podcast.
The New York Times reported that the F.D.A. will impose stiff regulations that could send most in the cigar business up in smoke, unless the public speaks out before early August, when regulations will be finalized. As the Times noted, some in the cigar business, like the family-owned J.C. Newman Cigar Company, might have to close, that is how stringent these regulations could be.
Just the fact the family said these regulations are the biggest business challenge they have ever faced, bigger than two world wars, bigger than the Great Depression, bigger than the trade embargo on Cuba, should be pause for concern for every freedom loving American.
The F.D.A. was granted these sweeping powers over the tobacco industry in 2009, when both chambers of Congress were controlled by Democrats and a Democrat was sitting in the White House. Now they are prepared to impose their regulations and the recommendations are harsh. The government body would regulate cigars, much as they do cigarettes, putting a major crimp in sales and placing more havoc on the industry. It would mean cigars would have to go through thousands of hours of thorough testing at a major expense to the manufacturer. And it might mean makers would be forced to buy new manufacturing equipment.
Another ruse would be to “exempt” premium cigars from the regulations. Although on the surface, that might sound good, the F.D.A. would redefine “premium cigar,” essentially making the cost and availability of what was classified as a premium cigar nearly prohibitive.
Somewhere, President John F. Kennedy, who loved a good cigar, must be wondering is this what my party has come to? Winston Churchill must also be rolling over in his grave. Even if people are not cigar smokers, they need to join in the opposition to these regulations. The issue is no longer about being able to smoke cigars. It is about our very own freedoms.