Should Flavored Cigars Be Banned? Sen. Blumenthal Thinks So

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is pushing for flavored cigars to go the way of flavored cigarettes.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Credit: Office of Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Credit: Office of Richard Blumenthal

In 2009, the federal government passed a law that banned nearly all flavored cigarettes. 

Yet four years later, while flavored cigarettes are all but gone, flavored cigars line the shelves of connivence stores and head shops across the country. For U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., that needs to stop.

“Continued delay by the (Food and Drug Administration) in regulating new flavored cigars and other tobacco products is inexcusable and unacceptable,” Blumenthaltold The Hartford Courant.“Deserving of most severe condemnation are big tobacco companies that shamelessly continue to exploit, addict, and ultimately kill kids and then adults.”

This weekend, The New York Times ran a story about the issue, saying that flavored cigars are particularly popular for poor, young customers. In the story, multiple lawmakers and industry experts are quoted as saying that the cigars, which come in flavors like grape and Da Bomb Blueberry, should be eliminated for the same reason flavored cigarettes were eliminated: because they are made for children.

“The 20th century was the cigarette century, and we worked very hard to address that,” Gregory N. Connolly, the director of theCenter for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health, told The New York Times. “Now the 21st century is about multiple tobacco products. They’re cheap. They’re flavored. And some of them you can use anywhere.”

Do you think flavored cigars should be banned?

janet August 20, 2013 at 06:53 AM
I am not a smoker but really is this what is top priority for our Senator. How about worring about the the jobs leaving this state week after week. Stop being a lawyer and bring Jobs not laws to this state. We have enough laws already. How about fixing the death penalty and put these monsters where they belong 6 feet under. Linda should have won.
Deirdre August 20, 2013 at 07:26 AM
if you're going to ban flavored cigarettes or cigars then you need to ban flavored alcohol as well.
Michael Hoffman August 20, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Come on Senator is this the best you can do? Is there nothing else more important? Do you know what a "flavored cigar" is? All cigars are flavored even the venerable Muniemaker cigars made in New Haven have flavor. Maybe you should push for construction of more and better facilities for veterans or repealing the patriot act. Now that would take some skill and statesmanship.
Spiff August 20, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Yeah, Blumenthal doesn't have a clue! There is a great article that was published in the August 1st issue of Forbes Magazine titled, “How Did Rich Connecticut Morph Into One Of America’s Worst Performing Economies?” (Link below.) While it does spread the blame around among many, it squarely points the finger straight at Dan Malloy in recent years and how his policies are essentially putting the last nails in CT’s coffin. This flavored cigar nonsense is simply a diversion to keep us from focusing on our State’s real problems. But hey, it was the people of CT who elected these Dan Malloy and Richard Blumenthal types (i.e., Democrats), so we deserve whatever we get. Don’t forget to read the article below, it will be a real eye opener for many! http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimpowell/2013/08/01/how-did-rich-connecticut-morph-into-one-of-americas-worst-performing-economies/
Spiff August 20, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Oh, one more thing, I still think they should pass a law requiring that everyone buy and eat Broccoli, you know, in line with ObamaCare.
Spiff August 20, 2013 at 04:39 PM
And Dick's fighting for the little guy, yeah, right. According to an analysis released just today, Richard Blumenthal is the 5th Richest Member of Congress with a net worth of $76.6 million. I thought that's why we didn't elect Mitt Romney, because he was too rich and not in touch with the American people, or something like that. Check out the link below. http://news.yahoo.com/richest-members-of-congress-221704397.html
Jim August 21, 2013 at 12:14 AM
The only reason you see kids and so many people buying these cigars as they are all damn stoners who roll spliffs out of them. They should be banned for the reason alone. No one is actually smoking these cigars. They are using the cigar wrapper and stuffing them with pot.
JG August 21, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Dick, stop being a dick. As usual lets ban stuff so people can abuse it. There are many people who like thoes nasty flavord tabaco products. How about you just ban tabacco all together? O wait the goverment gets way to much from taxes to do that. I am so sick of the goverment trying to over regulate when it suits them and does not hurt there pockets.
mesiac1 August 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM
While, I am, as an occasional cigar smoker (incl. the flavored variety), personally dismayed by efforts to ban flavored cigars, I agree with the rationale and would approve of such a ban. Cigar smokers can always find a decent cigar. Kudos, Senator.


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