We here at Cigar Brief are big fans of fighting for our cigar rights. From time to time we have run some articles on the site supporting and bringing attention to these important battles. In lieu of the effect the internet had on SOPA legislation last week in having multiple initial state and house representatives withdraw their support from the respective bills, I am again encouraged that grass-root protests can have a large effect on the issues that matter.
The Cigar Rights of America (CRA) has made it so easy to reach out and let your voice be heard on this issue that there really is no reason why you shouldn’t be clicking here and filling out the two second form that will inform your local representatives that you want the FDA out of your humidor and those rights to enjoy cigars protected. To give a little encouragement that our voices are being heard I have included a letter that I received from Senator John Mccain in regards to my petition that I recently sent from the CRA’s website.
Now do I believe that this was personally penned by him? Probably not, but the important part isn’t so much that he wrote it, as it is that the issue is clearly being brought to his attention. Whether its boiler plate or not, John Mccain, or someone else in his office had to think through the issue and craft this response that explores the issue. The bottom line is that enough people are rising up to create a need to craft a response to this issue. The bad news is that the battle is not anywhere near won and the only way to gain traction is if you, the cigar lover, stands up and fights for your rights. So without further adieu the letter from Senator John Mccain:
Dear Mr. Cantelmo:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 1461, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2011. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this issue.
As you may know, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2011 would clarify that the large and premium cigar industry was not specifically covered in the FDA regulatory authority provided by Congress under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009.
This bill was introduced on August 1, 2011 and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). As a member of the HELP Committee, rest assured that I will keep your concerns in mind should this legislation be considered in Committee or on the Senate floor.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your views. Please know that I will take your views into consideration. Feel free to contact me on this or any other matter of concern.
United States Senator