L.J. Peretti Company, Inc. is a cigar shop situated in the North End of Boston. It is 145-years-old, founded back in 1870 by a Swiss immigrant. These types of shops are scattered all across the United States; they’ve lasted through wars, depressions, and shifting consumer demographics. But now, due to new regulations proposals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these century-old shops face a whole new monster: the Nanny State.
Ever since Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act in 2009, the FDA has tried more than nine times to expand its oversight to premium cigars. Currently its reach applies only to cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
“This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free,” former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeliusstated when the FDA announced its latest regulatory proposals…
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