Premium cigar lovers will have to hold their breath a little while longer…
“violate numerous federal statutes as well as the federal rulemaking process.”
The most controversial element of the FDA’s Final Deeming Rule, which went into effect on August 8 last year, requires any new tobacco products including
“products released after February 15, 2007, to be verified by the FDA before going to market.”
This rule means the FDA now require manufacturers to submit separate applications for product verification and government approval for each one of their products that qualify. It’s the cigar industry’s worst nightmare as the agency confirmed that as feared, the rigorous new process would likely “cost hundreds of thousands of dollars” per application.