Courts to the Rescue: FDA Cigar and Pipe Warning Statements


The same six warning statements would apply to cigars sold individually and not in boxes or product packages.

However, instead of being required to place warnings directly on the cigars sold individually, retailers would have been required to post signage at the point-of-sale listing the six warnings on a sign that measures at least 8.5 inches x 11 inches.

For pipe tobacco, the only new health warning statement that would apply for product packaging or advertising is the nicotine health warning statement that reads: “WARNING: This product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.”

Now, with the injunction, cigar manufacturers, pipe tobacco manufacturers and retailers are no longer required to comply with the health warning statement requirements on product packaging, in advertisements or on in-store signage until the appeal of the pending lawsuit is finally resolved.

This story first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Tobacco Business magazine. Members of the tobacco industry are eligible for a complimentary subscription to our magazine. Click here for details.