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Cigar Association of America, Inc.

The national trade organization of cigar manufacturers, importers and distributors as well as major suppliers to the industry.
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The Food and Drug Administration released its “deeming” rule earlier this year. The 499 pages of regulation touch nearly every aspect of the cigar industry. The Cigar Association of America is working with other major industry organizations to evaluate the next steps. In the meantime, we are working to help industry members adapt to and comply with the new regulations.


The FDA’s new rule deems all tobacco products, including premium cigars, subject to the agency’s regulatory authority. The rule is long and complex. In many ways, it raises more questions than answers. Unfortunately, the FDA chose to apply a one-size fits all regulatory framework regulating all tobacco products, including cigars of any size, in the same manner.

The rule takes effect on August 8, 2016. Most provisions of the rule will become effective at various points over the next six to eighteen months. Below are several key dates and deadlines.

Key Dates & Deadlines

FDA Timeline Summary