WASHINGTON, D.C. – Don’t look now, but Uncle Sam may be dumping on cigars and cigar smokers.
The Food and Drug Administration has posted in the Federal Register its plan to add cigars to the list of tobacco products regulated by Uncle Sam.
The FDA has proposed two options to its rule that is supposed to protect the public health.
One option would put cigars in the same category as cigarettes and other smokable products, including e-cigarettes.
That would mean the government would force new premium, hand-rolled cigars to be no better than similar cigars sold back in 2007.
The other option would exclude the premium cigars, like those rolled along the thighs of young ladies.
However, not only would these have to be 100-percent tobacco and unflavored, they would also have to cost at least 10 bucks a stick, which makes cigar smokers choke.
But the good news is that we could all be a lot older by the time Uncle Sam decides what, if anything, he’s going to do about our see-gars.