In episode 16 of Cigar Sense Podcast, we explored with Glynn Loope, founding Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America (CRA), the world of protecting cigar lovers’ rights. We talked about the current regulation challenges, but also on international collaborations and about what might grant to the premium cigars the recognition they deserve.
Here is what you can do to protect your rights as a cigar lover:
- If you are a US citizen, please visit https://www.cigarrights.org/ and sign the petitions to protect premium handmade cigars from FDA regulation.
- You can also participate to the Twitter and Facebook campaign to let President Trump hear from you
- Check the list of Members of Congress on the Cigar Rights of America website. If you can’t see yours, call them, invite them to your cigar club/lounge
You can also read our article on similarities in the way consumers see the fight for their rights in America and in Europe and listen to our interviews with Guillaume Périgois (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco in the European Union) and Scott Pearce (Premium Cigar Association).
Since Glynn assumed the position of founding Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America in 2008, CRA has grown into a fifty state coalition representing interests at the local, state and federal levels of government, providing communications, coalition building, testimony, analysis and related forms of support on regulatory, tax and associated issues impacting the industry. Additional initiatives have included building an international coalition of nations directly reliant on the economic impact of the premium cigar industry including Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, as well as providers of support material and logistics throughout central and South America and the Caribbean Basin. Hallmarks of this effort has included establishing an office and staff in Washington, D.C. for the premium cigar industry, building a Congressional coalition in support of industry positions, a state legislative network on issues of significance to the sector, and providing advice and counsel on strategies beneficial to consumer, retail and manufacturer interests at all levels.
Glynn is a sought after commentator on industry issues, and is often quoted or provides commentary in The Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, Cigar Aficionado, Washington Post, New York Times, Tobacco Business, as well as dozens of industry periodicals, radio appearances, podcasts and related media outlets. Since 2008 the work of CRA has literally gone from the local courthouse to The White House, on behalf of its members and benefactors.