FDA Says Premium, Handmade Cigars Are ‘Lowest Priority’


While this is about the United States, we all know that whatever happens in the States affects Canada too.


Posted on: January 6, 2020

By Andrew Nagy


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance last week citing handmade cigars as the agency’s “lowest priority,” indicating that a bit of regulatory relief could be on the way for the handmade cigar industry.

Issued last Thursday by the government agency in charge of tobacco regulation, the document describes the FDA’s plans to enforce its rules for newly deemed tobacco products that have not yet been approved by the agency, including cigars. The deadline for these premarket applications was extended two years ago by the FDA to August 2021.

Last July, however, a Maryland judge shortened the deadline and ordered applications for premarket products to be filed by May 12, 2020.

As the May deadline looms, the FDA guidance centered largely on vaping and e-cigarette regulations. Flavored cigars and handmade cigars were also addressed.


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