Smaller U.S. Cigar Factories Team Up To Create New Political Coalition

Photo: Jeffery Salter

Thirty-six boutique, handmade cigar manufacturers from 16 states have teamed up with the Cigar Rights of America to form the Coalition of American Cigar Rollers, a new organization that plans to advocate against regulations that threaten their businesses.

The formation of the new coalition was inspired by an article that appeared on this website called 50 Factories In The U.S. That Still Make Cigars. The group plans to brief state governors and local lawmakers on the negative consequences that strict FDA regulations will have on smaller handmade cigar manufacturers. Additionally, the coalition will engages their customers to join the fight against federal regulation of premium cigars.

The group will be led by two national co-chairs: Danny Difabio, owner of the Rodriguez Cigar Factory in Key West, Florida, and Sandy Cobas, owner of El Titan de Bronze cigars in Miami, Florida.

“I hope that we can do our part to bring attention to the impact these regulations will have on women- and minority-owned businesses,” said Cobas in a press release. “Each of us in this coalition are small, family-owned businesses. To confront the paperwork, expense, and time of these regulations is simply too much for many in this industry. We will each do our part to carry that message.”

Read more of this Cigar Afficionado article by Andrew Nagy by clicking here.

Photo: Jeffery Salter

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