Now Obama Is Coming for Your Cigars, America

Obama’s Food and Drug Administration is targeting your cigars, America, and if you are a cigar lover you’d better pay attention because if Obama gets his way costs will soar.

The USFDA is proposing a whole slew of new regulations changing the way the government treats cigars, one if which is to outlaw cigar sales over the Internet.

There are some other onerous and downright absurd regulations being proposed, too.

In one case, Obama plans to make it illegal to have walk-in humidors at your local cigar shop.

Another, extremely costly regulation would force cigar importers to submit tobacco mixtures and cigar samples to the FDA for testing. This sort of testing requirements would cost the cigar importing and manufacturing industry billions per year and would make your costs soar.

Obama also plans to restrict cigar advertising, and ban or severley restrict the sale of flavored tobaccos.

Currently both the House and the Senate are considering legislation to put a stop to the FDA’s power grab.

In the House of Representatives, Republicans have submitted House Resolution 792, introduced by Florida Rep. Bill Posey. This one is currently in the House Subcommittee on Health.

Senator Bill Nelson introduced Senate Bill 772 which is also still in committee–the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Both bills essentially exempt cigars from FDA regulation.

But, folks, if these fail and Obama’s power grab succeeds, it will be yet another freedom lost to this power mad President and his nanny state octopus.

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  • jim_m

    Cigars cut across party lines. I will wager that there are enough dem votes to kill this in the crib.

    • GarandFan

      Got that right. King Barack and his minions push this and he will be impeached. Evidently ‘the best and brightest administration, evah!’ has forgotten that Rush Limbaugh isn’t the only one who likes cigars. You don’t mess with a politician’s mistress or cigar.

  • Hank_M

    ” if Obama gets his way costs will soar.”

    This seems to apply to damn near everything Obama and the left wants to do with killing unborn children and free contraception being the only exceptions.

    This from the “Get the government out of my bedroom!!!!!” crowd.
    God Damn hypocritical control freaks.

  • emrengineer

    Cigars change tobacco mixtures all the time based upon the quality of the leaf grown. Differing amounts of rainfall and amount of cloud cover and temperature greatly affect the taste of the tobacco. Hence, new cigars are constantly coming out every year. To have to submit mixture on these differing mixes would mean $30+ for a cigars, or the same tobacco mixture every year, meaning some years of crappy cigars. Or maybe just one or two type of cigars.

    Even if the Democrats in Congress kill this, an executive order, for the children, will be enacted.

  • emrengineer

    And no internet sales??? I get most of my cigars on auction through the internet.

  • dug

    Must be nice to live in ignorance. The FDA comment period is almost up and most indicators are that premium cigars will be exempted from the proposed restrictions. Restrictions that are rightly aimed at single cheap flavored cigars sold to minors at convenience stores.

    I wish “Obama” would take out dumbass bloggers…

    • jim_m

      So the regulations are to make it harder to sell cigars illegally to minors?

      I suppose the BATF was too busy selling illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels to bother enforcing tobacco laws domestically.

    • alanstorm

      “Must be nice to live in ignorance.”

      Well, is it? Let us know. Jim has already destroyed your argument – or better to say, exposed it.

    • Retired military

      If what you say is true than that means that the rich get over under Obama where as the poor folks have to pay (as usual).
      In addition, it is ironic that the left feels 12 year olds apparently aren’t mature enough to buy cigars but can get abortions without their parents knowing about it. Are you saying that people shouldn’t be able to treat their bodies the way they want? That is the abortion line. THey can kill unborn babies but heaven forbid if they buy a cigar.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Well lets face it, we are going to need the extra tax dollars brought in by all of the tobacco regulations if we have to cover the increase in health costs caused by the legalization of marijuana.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Pick your quip: Didn’t know Chomsky smoked cigars – or – When you’ve lost Chomsky … .”Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties’”

    • Commander_Chico

      Chomsky has been no fan of Obama, nor was he a fan of Clinton (or that fuck-up Bush needless to say”.

      Chomsky is a non-partisan truth-teller.

      • jim_m

        Chomsky is a non-partisan truth-teller an anti-American regardless of who is in power..

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Chomsky’s a horse’s ass who, on very rare occasions, finds a chestnut while stumbling around in his own manure.

      • Whereas you are a partisan schmuck not to mention a soi disant “cognoscenti” and “veteran.”

        • Commander_Chico

          How many times do I have to tell you that the singular is cognoscente?

    • It would seem the shoe fits poorly upon the feet of the leftists who got us to this miserable point…

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Clay feet don’t do well in shoes.

  • Paul Hooson

    I never could understand cigarettes, but I used to love a good cigar. At $178 for a box of 20, my choice would be the Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic cigars. Grown from Cuban seeds in Nicaragua, these tasty cigars are as close as you can come to a genuine Cuban cigar. Very good. – On the lower end, those rum soaked Crooks from the Wolfe Brothers are a 150 year old Pennsylvania recipe, which have a very good taste for a low priced product, thanks to the rum flavor.

    Other than Gauloises Disque Bleu imported from France, as a unique blend of imported Virginia tobacco, I’ve never had much respect for cigarettes. Cigarettes just seem too compulsive and lower class compared to savoring the flavor of a fine cigar. A good cigar will burn for a good 30 minutes.

    • jim_m

      A good cigar will burn for an hour or more. What are you doing drawing on them compulsively?

      • Paul Hooson

        Probably…At this price, one better savor the flavor. $178 a box isn’t cheap…not even for me.

      • Hmm. An Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story (a very small smoke indeed) lasts me 20-30 minutes, and a Best Seller about 40-50 minutes. Then again we all knew that some of our commenters suck hard.

        • jim_m

          I prefer something in a Robusto or a Churchill size.

          • Paul Hooson

            I never found a better tasting cigar than those Don Pepin Garcia brand Classic Cigars. Even the high grade tobacco leaf wrap sets them a world apart from so many also rans in the crowded cigar market. Like I said, $178 for a box of 20 isn’t a cheap price. But, the quality speaks for itself. My club draws some oil millionaires and other business tycoons who fly into the Portland International Airport which is only a few blocks away, who will drop some serious money here some nights, making this club a fun night out for the wealthy businessman looking for a little entertainment.We had a nice cigar display here at one time until Oregon law changed all that.

            At 12,600 square feet inside and sitting on a 35,000 square ft. lot, I own one of the largest gentleman’s clubs in the state of Oregon.

          • Commander_Chico

            I hope to make it there some night.

          • Paul Hooson

            I love owning it. I wanted it for two years and made several offers to buy the place. The acoustics are also excellent for music where at one time acts like Buck Owens played here, but I brought in assorted rock and hip hop acts some special nights. I even did a blues set one night myself.

          • That’s all I need to know to avoid the whole brand…

          • I don’t usually have that much time…

            But I did destroy by fire an H. Upmann de Habana robusto that I discovered on Saturday night.

            Tonight I enjoyed a Best Seller as I finished Volume II of Patterson’s biography of the Grand Master. An Excellent read that further illustrates that modern conservatives/libertarians are what would have been known as liberal (I would say Classical American liberals) two or three generations ago.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    If Obama is too much, libertarian smokers could always go here, ‘The country where nearly two-thirds of men smoke’.

    • jim_m

      Dumbass, it isn’t about smoking, It’s about creeping fascism. Steve manages to exemplify the left’s attitude that other people’s rights aren’t rights at all.

      • SteveCrickmore075

        jim, you could use a mellow smoke. Rather than East Timor It would be much more practical to go to Cuba to light up a good cigar, except the only country in the world that prohibits its citizens (with some exceptions) from traveling to Cuba is the USA, a big government regulation pushed by people of a certain political persuasion. Americans are free to go to North Korea but not Cuba. That’s too bad! It’s a bizarre sight to see women lighting up big cigars on a Havana street.

        • jim_m

          That’s the problem. You think that it is rational to travel to Cuba for a cigar and yet you think it is also rational to outlaw my going down the street to buy one.

          Sorry. I should be able to go down the street and buy a decent cigar from a store with a real humidor, or to buy in larger amounts from a wholesaler on the internet. BUt you are defending an idiot who thinks that being president gives him the power to dictate to everyone how they will live their lives right down to the most minute details.

        • Paul Hooson

          I miss our old days at BLUE, Steve. Lee and you and I had a great time writing there. – I’m real happy with Wizbang Pop. I’m such a huge fan of entertainment that it seems like a great fit for me there. If I can’t create music, then I like to at least write about it or movies, books, food, business, cars or motorcycles.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Paul, yes good times and good luck to you! That reminds me to look at wizbang pop more often. I had some computer problems commenting on it before, but will try again.

          • So do we (…miss [the]…old days at BLUE). We saw so much less of you both back then.

        • Commander_Chico


          Wait until they put exchange and capital controls on ALL travel, not just to Cuba.

          Ever hear of FATCA?

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Thanks, I have now. Curious about Obama’s statment on the Scottish referéndum “We obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies (the UK) we will ever have, remains a strong, robust, united and effective partner”.Translation.,we and the Intelligence services will do everything to stop the “yes”, side (Yes to Scottish independence) from winning. Obama seems to have forgotten the how, why and against whom his own country achieved independence.

  • Shang Kwon Phat

    I wish the cocksuckers would just leave us alone!!!!!!

  • beachmom2

    Liberals are hypocrites. They want to ban and/or make buying any sort of tobacco product or sugar or salt or large drinks or fattening food difficult because they’re bad for our health. (Thanks Big Brother)
    But on the other hand are trying to legalize smoking marijuana which damages your lungs, brain cells and various other organs.

  • westcoastwiser

    And we all are the cigars!