Hands Off My Cigars!

Cigar enthusiasts are a generally laid-back and gentle lot… until you mess with their favorite smokes.

Global Premium Cigars (makers of the 1502 brand) has filed a civil lawsuit against the FDA — charging the government agency with overreaching on their new regulations for premium cigars. Company representatives say the recent ruling violates their First and Fifth Amendment rights. GPC’s suit says the FDA ruling is unlawful, and exceeds the agency’s authority.

The company’s attorney admits that the suit may never see trial, and that the FDA will likely push to have the case dismissed. Still, it’s good to see the little guy stand up to a misguided giant — letting them know that the War on Tobacco will not be won without a fight.

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