This week, the CRA and IPCPR team attend an event for U.S. Representative Hal Rogers of Kentucky,
at one of the truly great places on earth for a cigar - 101 Constitution Avenue.
Congressman Rogers is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1639.

Pictured (L to R): Arthur Zaretsky, Glynn Loope, David J Lafferty, Gary Pesh, Craig Cass, Representative Hal Rogers, Marvin Samel, Rocky Patel, Jeff Borysiewicz, Greg Zimmerman, and Michael Vandenstockt.

H.R. 1639 Continues to Build Momentum!
By J. Glynn Loope, CRA Executive Director

It was a vigorous week with over twenty Congressional briefings in Washington, DC with the CRA-IPCPR team initiative to advance H.R. 1639 and S. 1461 in an all out effort to keep the United States Food & Drug Administration from regulating cigars.

With a solid team that included: Rocky Patel of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Marvin Samel and David Lafferty of Drew Estate, Bobby Newman of J.C. Newman Cigar Co./Fuente-Newman, Daniel McGee of General Cigar Co., Les Mann of Colibri, Craig Cass of Tinderbox of the Carolinas, Greg Zimmerman of The Tobacco Shop of Pennsylvania, Gary Pesh of Old Virginia Tobacco Co., Bill Spann, CEO of IPCPR, Mike Copperman of CRA, Jeff Borysiewicz of Corona Cigar Co., Arthur Zaretsky and Michael Vanderstockt of Famous Smoke Shop, and John Anderson of Draper's Tobacconists, they each pounded the pavement to take one simple message to each office – “Leave My Cigars Alone!”


New Co-Sponsors – 98 Have Said Yes to Liberty!

It was an outstanding week for new co-sponsors to H.R. 1639. We welcome Representatives: Steve Israel of New York, John Sullivan of Oklahoma, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, Timothy Bishop of New York, David Roe of Tennessee, and Glenn Thompson, Tim Holden, and Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania. There are more to come. If your member of Congress is not signed on, call their office and ask!

Way to go Alaska!

Alaska now joins New Hampshire and Kansas as having 100% of its delegation in the US House of Representatives as co-sponsors on H.R. 1639!

Your Voice Being Heard!

“Operation Cigar Liberty” that CRA launched a few months ago has resulted in tens of thousands of emails and calls to members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate.

Please keep the pressure on, as Cigar Rights of America will be back in Washington, DC in each of the coming weeks with members of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association, in our collective effort to ward off the heavy hand of the federal government from your home and shop humidor.

Believe us. They want nothing more than to be in both...or for it to be empty.

Help Exempt Premium Cigars From FDA Regulation!

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H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 - Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act

Did you know that on April 26, 2010, December 20, 2010, and July 7, 2011 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration publicly posted their intent to regulate cigars in the Federal Register?

Some of the measures FDA could consider, as we believe they are, include:
  • Ban on walk-in humidors, self serve cigar displays, and mail-order cigar sales;
  • Ban on all flavored cigars, that are enjoyed by legal-age adults;
  • Deface ornate, decorative cigar boxes, often considered an art form with grotesque images;
  • Ban on cigar events where free cigars (samples) could be available to legal-age adults;
  • Limits on cigar marketing and advertising;
  • Imposition of new ‘user fees' [tax] on cigars, to finance regulations;
  • Limits on special release and small-batch cigars, due to mandates that cigar blends be submitted to FDA for pre-approval before release;
  • Limits on nicotine levels on cigars to near zero, severely impacting the flavor of cigars;
  • Ban on marketing cigar merchandise.

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CRA Needs Your Help!

In order to be successful in our fight to enjoy cigars without the threat of smoking bans and high taxation, CRA needs your help. Please consider partnering with CRA through two important methods:

There is strength in numbers! The more members CRA has, the greater voice we have at all levels of legislature. Please help CRA by asking your fellow cigar enthusiasts to join CRA today! Membership starts as low as $35/year.

Our fight around the country is very expensive. We would like to ask all CRA members and cigar enthusiasts to consider making a donation to CRA in any amount you choose.