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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?

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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