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Durbin and Senators Request Ban on Flavored Cigars
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | December 15, 2011 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Posted on 12/16/2011 1:40:25 PM PST by mdittmar

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in sending a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking it to ban flavored cigars.

 

“Cigars with candy-like flavorings such as strawberry, watermelon, vanilla and chocolate attract kids to smoking and help hook them on this addictive habit,” the Senators wrote.  “Congress helped protect young people from the harmful effects of tobacco by banning flavored cigarettes.  But as youth cigarette use has fallen, cigars have become more popular among adolescents.  We urge FDA to immediately close the current regulatory loopholes and prohibit flavored cigars in the interest of public health.”

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 13 million Americans who smoke cigars, an estimated 1.8 million are high school students and 475,000 are middle school students.  This ban would help decrease the staggering rate of cigar use by children and young adults by removing these harmful products from the marketplace.

 

The Senators’ letter is available here, and the text is below:

 

December 15, 2011

 

The Honorable Margaret Hamburg

Commissioner

Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20993

 

Dear Commissioner Hamburg:

 

            We write to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue regulations prohibiting the use of flavorings in cigars.  As teenagers turn to cigars instead of cigarettes, these products pose a serious threat to public health and threaten to undermine the important public health protections of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

 

            Flavored cigars are putting children’s health at risk and increasing nicotine addiction and tobacco use among young people.  More than 13 million Americans smoke cigars, including an estimated 1.8 million high school students and 475,000 middle school students.  Cigars contain the same toxic and cancer-causing chemicals contained in cigarettes, and public health experts have warned that cigars are not safe alternatives to cigarettes.  Cigar smoking is linked to numerous cancers including cancers of the lung, mouth,throat, and esophagus.  Cigars with candy-like flavorings such as strawberry, watermelon, vanilla and chocolate attract kids to smoking and help hook them on this addictive habit.

 

            Congress helped protect young people from the harmful effects of tobacco by banning flavored cigarettes.  But as youth cigarette use has fallen, cigars have become more popular among adolescents.  In some states, cigar use surpasses cigarette use among high school males. 

 

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products and their flavorings, but FDA has not asserted its authority over cigars.  On July 7th, the Department of Health and Human Services indicated in its semiannual regulatory agenda that FDA intended to issue this regulation in October of this year.  Since FDA missed its October deadline, an estimated 2 billion cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars have been sold without appropriate regulation.

 

            We urge FDA to immediately close the current regulatory loopholes and prohibit flavored cigars in the interest of public health.


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Like the regular flavor Cigars myself,glad dick is watching out for the kids;)
1 posted on 12/16/2011 1:40:34 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

And here I was thinking that it was already illegel for “kids” to buy tobacco, regardless of flavor!


2 posted on 12/16/2011 1:42:55 PM PST by kevslisababy
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To: mdittmar

I’m glad they have so much time to devote to high priority issues /sarc


3 posted on 12/16/2011 1:43:05 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mdittmar

If these idiots keep getting elected, we may need to ban voting (for ‘rats).


4 posted on 12/16/2011 1:43:29 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: mdittmar

Get out of our lives!


5 posted on 12/16/2011 1:44:07 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: mdittmar

Too bad there is no agency to protect us from idiot Senators.


6 posted on 12/16/2011 1:44:48 PM PST by microgood
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To: microgood
Too bad there is no agency to protect us from idiot Senators.

Oh but there is,I can see 2012 from my porch;)

7 posted on 12/16/2011 1:48:47 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

My brother is a hard core Democrat.

Democrats just love this stuff. They think the government is smarter than the rest of us, and needs to protect us. It’s absolutely frightening to realize how these people think.

This won’t affect me, I like unflavored cigars, but I think I should have an option!


8 posted on 12/16/2011 1:48:47 PM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: mdittmar
this addictive habit

It cannot be very addictive if I can go weeks without a cigar; but more often have one or two every day for a month.

ML/NJ

9 posted on 12/16/2011 1:49:16 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: mdittmar

Bill Clinton strenuously objected.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 1:49:57 PM PST by RichInOC (An erect Bill Clinton has no conscience.)
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To: mdittmar

You mean I can’t have a Monica flavored CIGAR?


11 posted on 12/16/2011 1:50:50 PM PST by DeaconRed (Da Bro Gota Go - So we can get REAL Change. . . .)
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To: RichInOC

That was the first thing which came to my mind. I couldn’t think of any delicate way of saying it tho.


12 posted on 12/16/2011 1:51:51 PM PST by yarddog
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To: RichInOC

LOL!


13 posted on 12/16/2011 1:52:00 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: RichInOC

Bet his smelled like fish...


14 posted on 12/16/2011 1:52:48 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: mdittmar

I don’t care for flavored cigars. But I hate fascists. Besides: between cigars and Congress, which presently constitutes a greater threat to public well-being?


15 posted on 12/16/2011 1:53:03 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: mdittmar

Haven’t these busybodies something IMPORTANT to deal with? Like JOBS SPENDING DEFICITS?!!!!!!!


16 posted on 12/16/2011 1:53:11 PM PST by mo
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To: mdittmar
Ah yes. I remember....

...and...

Makes me wish I was 17 again.

17 posted on 12/16/2011 1:54:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ml/nj

Which is more addictive and dangerous: tobacco or unchecked political power?


18 posted on 12/16/2011 1:55:36 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: ml/nj

“It cannot be very addictive if I can go weeks without a cigar; but more often have one or two every day for a month.”

I’m with you. I smoke on average 5 cigars a week. Only outdoors, and usually when I walk the dog. If it rains a few days, and I don’t smoke, I don’t miss it. But, when I get the chance, I enjoy the habit of walking through the park smoking a nice stoogie.

Cigars are habitual, but not addictive.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 1:56:34 PM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: mdittmar

Me and the people request ban on senate retards.


20 posted on 12/16/2011 2:00:07 PM PST by Happy Rain ("Having A Communist Joke In The White House Takes Graveyard Humor To New Heights.")
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To: mdittmar
Cigars with candy-like flavorings such as strawberry, watermelon, vanilla and chocolate attract kids to smoking....

That's funny. I've seen the popularity of these products with certain groups. And it isn't "kids."

21 posted on 12/16/2011 2:01:10 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: brownsfan

Smoking cigars is a hobby, not a habit.

IMO.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 2:03:22 PM PST by Bratch
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To: mdittmar

Dick Turban is such an smelly sack of ____ I went to wikopedia to see if he is a lawyer. Sure enough... this slimy slippery slithering fork tounged snake


23 posted on 12/16/2011 2:05:05 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: edpc
That's funny. I've seen the popularity of these products with certain groups. And it isn't "kids."

If you're thinking the Mad Dog 20/20 or Colt 45 crowd, we're thinking the exact same thing.

Why don't they just try enforcing the laws on the books, and go after the folks selling these things to kids?

24 posted on 12/16/2011 2:08:28 PM PST by AnglePark
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To: edpc

Amish like to smoke those favored cigars


25 posted on 12/16/2011 2:17:42 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: mdittmar
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings," - Senator Dick Durbin

I'm not interested in what traitors think.

26 posted on 12/16/2011 2:26:09 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

There are always ways around such stupid regulations.

Hey, what about cigar-flavored candy?


27 posted on 12/16/2011 2:28:26 PM PST by docbnj
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To: mdittmar
I admit I have been an agnostic since somewhere in 1964, largely because I was forced by my parents to be in a Southern Baptist church every time the doors were open, until I finally escaped.

Now I am hoping there is a heaven, because for me it would be where I could enjoy a good red-meat meal of my choice, as much tobacco product of my choice anywhere I wanted, as much distilled, fermented and brewed alcoholic beverage of my choice and as many young and comensurate-age ladies as I could handle all day, every day.

We could do all of that during the last Depression, which was when the economy was depressed, but the people were not.

Now, we have both a pervading human and economic depression because our overlords are intent on sucking all the joy out of life.

See you in Costa Rica.

28 posted on 12/16/2011 2:32:04 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: mdittmar

” U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)Request Ban of Flavored Cigars.”

These scoundrels will not rest until they can control even the twitching of an eyebrow.

That they have time to micromanage this type of petty issue, just so they can exert more control over our lives, while they are running the national debt up over $15 trillion is breathtaking. These tyrants would have been tarred and feathered and run out of D.C. on rails in a better era of our (former) republic.

I can’t understand why everyone doesn’t detest Mordor on the Potomac.


29 posted on 12/16/2011 2:40:43 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: kevslisababy
And here I was thinking that it was already illegel for “kids” to buy tobacco, regardless of flavor!

Congressional Motto: Every law on the books passed to control your life deserves 100 more rigid ones to follow it.

30 posted on 12/16/2011 2:41:20 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Voter#537

31 posted on 12/16/2011 2:44:19 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: elkfersupper

If I’m not allowed any of those products or activities just what the hell am I supposed to die from?

0bamacare doesn’t want me to live all that long.

What do I do to make these people happy?


32 posted on 12/16/2011 2:52:47 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: mdittmar

Give me a break. They aren’t even smoking the tobacco. Its discarded and replaced with marijuana. Its called a blunt. Rolling papers are so yesterday..


33 posted on 12/16/2011 3:24:22 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: mdittmar
My Swisher Sweet (Wood Tips) from my cold, dead hands.

Yeah, I know they are not "Real" cigars, smoked by manly-men, but I don't like to get all that tobacco in my mouth.

Sorry about that.

Oh, btw, when I started smoking (many moons ago) I used to smoke "manly" unfiltered Camels, until I switched to filtered Marlboros, so I know about getting tobacco in one's mouth.

PS: Note to all anti-smoking zealots/nazis: Don't bother posting any of your diatribe and claptrap as it will fall on deaf ears!

34 posted on 12/16/2011 3:27:02 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Bratch

Agreed. And if they ban flavored cigars, the kiddies will just move on to flavored cactus root, etc.

These do-gooders just don’t get it.


35 posted on 12/16/2011 3:27:41 PM PST by The Unknown Republican
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To: mdittmar

It’s Horse crap

Most of the flavored cigars are cut to put marijuana in the flavored wrappers to cover the smell (Don’t work)

Favored by utes of a certain racial persuasion


36 posted on 12/16/2011 3:32:32 PM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: donhunt
What do I do to make these people happy?

Divest yourself of all your worldly goods, deny yourself any pleasure and die as soon as possible.

It's for the children.

37 posted on 12/16/2011 3:45:44 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: donhunt
What do I do to make these people happy?

Divest yourself of all your worldly goods, deny yourself any pleasure and die as soon as possible.

It's for the children.

38 posted on 12/16/2011 3:46:06 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

But first write a check for all your worth and send it to Al Franken, care of US senate.


39 posted on 12/16/2011 3:48:14 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
Get out of our lives!

I couldn't have said it better myself. And I don't smoke cigarettes.

40 posted on 12/16/2011 4:40:18 PM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: edpc
That's funny. I've seen the popularity of these products with certain groups. And it isn't "kids."

Are you implying that the Senators could be.....racist?

41 posted on 12/16/2011 4:42:19 PM PST by dfwgator
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Justa little FYI or if you will, a FWIW ....

People ( myself included ) have switched from smoking cigarettes to smoking “little cigars”.
They come in a pack of 20 for less than 2 bucks a pack and come in all sorts of flavors from mild, menthol, full flavor, grape, peach, vanilla and cherry.

I know a *** lot *** of people who are smoking these “little cigars” and that is exactly what they’re called.

The reason they’re under 2 bucks a pack ( of 20 )is that the tobacco is a longer cut or aka pipe tobacco.

If you didnt know any better, you’d think they’re a pack of some unknown or generic cigarette until you read the pack.


42 posted on 12/16/2011 5:07:46 PM PST by simplesimon (You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own "facts"...........)
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To: mdittmar; Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ...

Democrats are not so much elected by the American people as they are inflicted upon them.

Nanny State PING!


43 posted on 12/16/2011 5:08:25 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: mdittmar

oh man


44 posted on 12/16/2011 5:23:47 PM PST by tutstar (Want pings to Aaron Klein articles and OWS nonsense?)
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To: mdittmar
All Dimocrats.

The first question to ask is, why do they now have it in for Bill Clinton?

45 posted on 12/16/2011 5:25:51 PM PST by Gritty (Under Clinton the White House didn't need the Secret Service; it needed a vice squad-Norm Liebmann)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; mdittmar; Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; ...
If The Founding Fathers (old white men) had not been so busy running their slave-staffed plantations, I am sure they would have banned the Flavored Cigar.

As is proven by scientific research, Flavored Cigars are a special danger to Minorities, Single Mothers, Children, and are targeted directly at the LGBTG community. They also can cause cancer among Native Americans. It is a tragedy fully worthy of a Ken Burns Video and Digitally Enhanced Slide Show.

But then again, these at-risk groups are also in special danger of complete annihilation by Global Warming (as if the Republicans cared). Perhaps it might make Public Health sense to actually distribute Flavored Cigars (and tasty, fatty fast food) amongst them to try and make their last moments more pleasant.

If my Stimulus Fund Grant comes through, I shall report on this theory to you.

46 posted on 12/16/2011 5:49:13 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?)
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To: mdittmar

Have these morons smoked a cigar? they really think little Johnny will do that twice because the thing had strawberry flavoring? And are these morons not aware that people under 18 can’t buy cigars anywhere in the USA?


47 posted on 12/16/2011 6:22:23 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (I want a hippopotamus for Christmas! Only a hippopotamus will do!)
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To: mdittmar

What’s next? Taking the yummy flavors out of candy and gum?

It’s a becoming a bland,bland world.

Dear Leader would be pleased.


48 posted on 12/16/2011 6:36:57 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: mdittmar

I like those little cigars with vanilla flavor.
What a sweet smoke they are!


49 posted on 12/16/2011 6:39:13 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: simplesimon

smoking “little cigars”...
-
Cheyenne?


50 posted on 12/16/2011 6:43:17 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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