Those passionate for great cigars, as well as those who make those moments with a cigar possible, know that the state of Florida is the foundation of this nation’s cigar supply chain, being a principle point of entry for cigars that make their way from the port of Miami to Maine, Michigan, Montana and your local shop. Now, with the comprehensive effort to mitigate the threat of the federal regulation of cigars, Florida can be (and has been) central to communicating the consequences of these regulations to the federal government. That process has begun.
On the congressional front, Florida members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bill Posey and Kathy Castor, are taking the lead role for the call to a legislative resolution to protecting premium handmade cigars. Meanwhile, their colleagues in the U.S. Senate, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, are advocating for the companion bill in that chamber.
Over a dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida are co-sponsors of the legislation. It is no accident that the cigar industry has this support from the delegation. The members are simply representing their constituency because the economic footprint of the cigar industry spans from one end of the state to the other. Take these economic factors into consideration: