News Summary: Cigar lovers target FDA

AP News
Posted: Jun 20, 2012 2:47 PM
News Summary: Cigar lovers target FDA

THE ISSUE: Cigar makers and aficionados are pushing to ensure their livelihoods and the products they enjoy don't go up in smoke under federal regulations.

POSSIBLE REGULATIONS: The Food and Drug Administration intends to regulate cigars under a 2009 law that gave it authority over the tobacco industry. That could mean banning certain flavors, requiring new health warning labels, limiting the sizes and shapes of cigars. Cigars also may be restricted from being sold separately.

SPARKING DEBATE: The premium cigar industry argues the potential restrictions could hurt both cigar makers and specialty tobacco stores. But public health authorities say regulators must limit products that appeal to young people.