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IPCPR State and Local Year In Review

In 2017 the premium tobacco industry encountered many legislative and regulatory challenges at the state and local levels. The International Premium Cigar and Pipe...
NY Cigarette Strike Force

NY Cigarette Strike Force Seizes $6.6M in Tobacco Contraband in 2017

The 2017 numbers are in for New York State’s Cigarette Strike Force. New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported that the strike force seized $6.6M...
FDA Premium Cigar and Nictoine Focus 2018

FDA to Focus on Nicotine Addiction and Premium Cigars in 2018

On Dec. 14, 2017, the Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed some of his agency’s major policy goals for...
FDA Lawsuit against Cigar Industry Argued in Court

Cigar Industry Lawsuit Against FDA Argued in Court

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), Cigar Rights of America (CRA) and Cigar Association of America’s (CAA) lawsuit against the U.S....
FDA Every Try Counts

FDA Launches the Every Try Counts Campaign

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues its efforts to reduce the number of adult smokers in the U.S. with the launch of...
FDA Forms Nicotine Steering Committee

FDA Announces the Creation of the Nicotine Steering Committee

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a shift in its policy and approach toward tobacco. With a new focus...
Republicans send OMB Letter Seeking Premium Cigar Exemption

29 Republican Representatives Ask OMB to Exempt Premium Cigars from FDA Regulations

A group of 29 Republican members of Congress have sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in support of premium...
FDA Responds to Cigar Groups Request for Injunction

FDA Strikes Back at Cigar Trade Groups’ Injunction

The battle continues to be fought between the U.S. government and the premium cigar industry. In October 2017, three cigar trade associations–the International Premium...
FDA This Is Our Watch

FDA Officially Launches “This Is Our Watch” Program for Tobacco Retailers

This month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially launched “This Is Our Watch”, a program geared toward tobacco retailers to help tackle...
FDA Defends its Regulatory Power of Premium Cigars

FDA Defends Its Cigar and Pipe Tobacco Regulations

For those who think the fight is almost won in pulling back the regulations impacting premium cigars imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug...
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