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May 15, 2019, 12:09:06 AM
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Maryland Ups Tobacco-Purchase Age to 21, Military Personnel Exempt

Starting this fall, if you’re looking to purchase tobacco products in the state of Maryland you will have to be at least 21 years old. That is, unless you can prove you are a member of the military.

Yesterday, Gov. Larry Hogan broke with some of his Republican colleagues and signed a bill that raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products in Maryland from 18 to 21 years old. The new law, which applies to all types of tobacco products, including handmade cigars, will go into effect in October.

Maryland is the 13th state to raise its minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. Unlike other states, however, Maryland’s 21-and-older law includes an exemption for military personnel. Members of the military who are able to provide valid identification that shows they are over 18 years old will still be able to buy tobacco products.

Hiking the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 has become a hot-button issue in recent years, both at the state and federal levels. Just last month, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he plans to file a bill that will seek to raise the federal legal age to buy tobacco products to 21.
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May 15, 2019, 06:31:18 AM
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Beverly Hills Inches Towards Tobacco Sales Ban, But Exempts Cigar Lounges

Beverly Hills is poised to ban the sale of most tobacco products. On Tuesday night, the Beverly Hills City Council indicated it was supporting a new ordinance that will ban the sale of nearly all tobacco products within city limits beginning in 2021. However, the city’s three cigar lounges—Buena Vista Cigar Club, the Grand Havana Room, and Nazareth’s Fine Cigars—will be exempt and will be able to conduct business as usual.

The measure to ban tobacco sales received unanimous approval by the city council, but the official vote doesn’t happen until May 21. The move to carve out an exemption for cigar lounges was expected, as the city’s Health and Safety Commission voted in March to propose the option.

While cigar lounges will be exempt from the new law, the same can’t be said for 24 tobacco-selling establishments in Beverly Hills. These gas stations, grocery and convenience stores will be forced to remove all tobacco products, including cigars, from their shelves.
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May 18, 2019, 03:45:29 PM
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Maryland Judge Strikes Down FDA’s Tobacco Product Approval Guidance

A judge in Maryland yesterday ruled in favor of a coalition of public health groups suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has ordered the agency to speed up its approval process for deemed tobacco products, which includes handmade cigars.

Judge Paul Grimm, of U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, agreed with the health group’s claim that the FDA shirked its legal duties when the agency decided to extend the review period for e-cigarettes, handmade cigars and other deemed tobacco products back in 2017. In his ruling, Judge Grimm tasked the health groups and FDA to submit new procedures and plans for moving forward with deemed tobacco reviews within 30 days.

Last year, the health groups, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics, filed a federal lawsuit challenging the FDA’s decision to delay the review of e-cigarettes. While Judge Grimm’s decision focused on e-cigarettes, his order also affects premium, handmade cigars because both types of products are considered deemed tobacco by the FDA.

It was May 2016 when the FDA issued its so-called Final Deeming Rule, which extended the agency’s authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco and all types of cigars. One of many strict regulations included in the FDA’s final rule was product approval.

In the rule, three pathways to product approval were outlined: Substantial Equivalence, Exemption from Substantial Equivalence (SE) and a Premarket Tobacco Application (PMTA). According to the FDA, a cigar manufacturer files an SE report to show that a new tobacco product has similar characteristics to a grandfathered (predicate) tobacco product, or has different characteristics, but doesn't raise any new questions of public health. A predicate tobacco product is one that was on the market on February 15, 2007.

When the FDA’s Final Deeming Rule was published in May 2016, the original deadline to file SE reports was May 2018. That deadline was extended to August 8, 2021 just two years ago. However, Judge Grimm’s decision means the original deadline is now back in effect.

The matter, however, is much more complicated. Earlier this year the FDA announced it was adjusting the procedures for how cigar manufacturers should submit their SE reports. In that announcement, the agency said it was opening up a public commenting period to gain feedback. That comment period is still open and doesn’t end until June 17.

In other words, even if a cigar manufacturer wanted to submit a SE report, they wouldn’t know how.

The FDA is able to appeal Judge Grimm’s ruling and will likely do so, as the agency has stated before that it needs more time, along with manufacturers, to prepare for regulation.
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