Swisher Responds to FDA’s Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban

Swisher Responds to FDA's Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban

In April 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars [read more here]. While the potential ban on menthol cigarettes had been rumored to happen for some time, news of a ban on flavored cigars caught many in the tobacco industry by surprise.

In its press release about the potential ban, the FDA stated that banning “all flavors in cigars will help save lives” and that the decision to ban flavored cigar products comes in response to the 2009 statutory ban on flavors in cigarettes where there was what the FDA called a dramatic increase in flavored cigar use that undermined the flavored cigarette ban. This is why the FDA is moving to ban both menthol, the last allowable flavored cigarette product in the U.S., and flavored cigars.