Tuesday’s vote comes on the heels of a concerted lobbying effort by the tobacco industry to block the ban.
The House Ways & Means Democratic staff has begun circulating a list of priorities and revenue raisers for the “Human Infrastructure” bill that will be voted on in coming weeks through the reconciliation process that only requires a simple majority (51 votes) in the Senate.
A legal challenge to California State Bill 793 waged by multiple tobacco manufacturers and retailers was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California after it found that the “challenge to the constitutionality of S.B. 792 is not ripe for resolution and therefore the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction” and because of this, “the motion for preliminary injunction is denied as moot, and this case is dismissed.”
On Sept. 9, 2021, tobacco companies—albeit very few premium cigar companies—could be required to remove their products from shelves while the companies wait for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to grant premarket product approval for those products, products that these companies are selling.
The cigar bill is back - again. Legislation aiming to exclude handmade, premium cigars from FDA regulation has been reintroduced to the House of Representatives.