Tuesday, April 24, 2012

White House Petition

Dear Fellow Cigar Enthusiasts,

I'm sure you've heard by now that the FDA is trying to regulate your ability to purchase and enjoy a cigar. So I want to let you know about a petition I started on "We the People", a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine?

In a little over a week, more than 20,000 people have signed on. If our petition gets 25,000 signatures by May 11, 2012, the White House will review it and issue an official response.

You can view and sign the petition here: http://wh.gov/Qtz

I'm headed to Washington this week to continue meeting with members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor HR1639/S.1461- The Traditional Cigar Manufacturing & Small Business Jobs Preservation Act. This bipartisan bill clarifies the 2009 Tobacco Control Act and states that Congress did not intend for the FDA to expand its regulations to include Premium Large Cigars
. As of today, there are 169 members of Congress and 7 Senators that have stood up for freedom by cosponsoring HR1639/S.1461...is your Representative one of them? You can view the list of cosponsors here http://blog.coronacigar.com/2012/04/white-house-petition.html

Keeping the FDA out of your humidor is a monumental task and to pass a bill in Congress, we need your help. Please sign the White House petition and when you are finished, visit www.CigarRights.org and sign the petition to the U.S. Congress. It only takes a few minutes and every petition helps elevate our issue in Washington.

Here's some more information about our White House petition:

Not Allow The FDA To Regulate Premium Cigars

Dear Mr. President:

The FDA is considering the creation of regulations for the premium cigar industry. These regulations will jeopardize over 85,000 American jobs,
destroy America's "mom & pop" premium cigar retailers & manufacturers, and risk over 250,000 jobs in Latin American that produce
cigars, impacting the economic/political stability in the region.

We hope you will stand up for small businesses that dot Main Street America & recognize that premium cigars are enjoyed by adults, are not addictive
and therefore do not conform to the Congressional intent of the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act.

Tell the FDA to leave our premium cigars alone. With this nation's more pressing issues, harming my simple ability to enjoy a cigar should not be a
priority of the government.


Jeff Borysiewicz

President & Founder

Chairman of the Board
Cigar Rights of America

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