With the FDA’s seemingly unstoppable war against anything tobacco and now ‘noncombustable tobacco”, pipe and cigar smokers have been unfairly caught up in this fight. The FDA’s argument is the trite, “it’s for the children” and for good measure they toss in a little public safety, Fighting against this behemoth of a government is an uphill battle. Gone are the days of personal liberty replaced by the Big Brother Nanny State.
Pipe and Cigar smoking is not something that kids have ever been attracted to for the most part like cigarettes have been. Not only that but the price of such products is for the most part prohibitive for most teens. This is something enjoyed by adults, it is a decision they have made and are willing to spend the time and money enjoying what they like.
As far as the government is concerned, it doesn’t matter. What matters is what they think is best for the individual. But some people are willing to stand up to this way of thinking. The three main organizations that have been directly in the fight are the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers’ Association (IPCPR), Cigar Rights of America (CRA) and the Cigar Association of America (CAA). They have been involved in all the major court cases defending our rights agains the overreaching FDA, including lawsuits challenging Labeling Requirements, User fees and others.
These groups have all been critical in this fight and could easily been named as our POTY. The IPCPR for example has led the way in informing people of what your rights are and how they are being infringed. They have developed tools to help keep you informed and to get involved in fighting back. The biggest being launching their CigarAction.org website. A site that is a must for all pipe and cigar lovers.
But when it comes down to what individuals stands out in 2018 for leading the fight we would say it’s Eric and Bobby Newman. President and Executive Vice President, respectively of, J.C. Newman Cigar Co. They have not only fought for their company which is in serious jeopardy should the FDA be allowed to steamroll companies like J.C. Newman, but have organized politicians and done a Lion’s share of bringing this issue to the public. One example is their “Save Cigar City” Campaign and installing a giant sign on their Clock Tower to save the jobs of their hard working employees.
The Newmans have set the example of how to stand up to an all powerful government and fight for what you believe is right. They are an inspiration to us all. They reflect great credit upon not only themselves and their company, but to Pipe and Cigar smokers everywhere.
We are proud to name Eric and Bobby the Briar Report’s Person(s) of the Year for 2018.