FDA Kills The American Dream FDA Kills The American Dream
Editors Note: Today was a bad day for cigar companies, cigar shop owners, and cigar lovers. Our friend Casey Aldulaimi shares his thoughts on... FDA Kills The American Dream

Editors Note: Today was a bad day for cigar companies, cigar shop owners, and cigar lovers. Our friend Casey Aldulaimi shares his thoughts on the larger implications of new FDA regulations that went into effect today.

Imagine if a restaurant owner was told he can never change his recipe for dinner.

Imagine if a wine maker could never make a new blend.

Imagine if Scotch makers could not use a new variety of barrel for the finish.

Imagine if that fantastic new micro brewery could not let you taste it before you order it or use different hops.

Imagine that beautiful bottle of wine covered in warning stickers.

That day is today for us in the cigar industry.

Like a hurricane hitting land, everything is different today. My way of life and everything I do this day forward is different.

August 8th is that day. The day we all lost. The day the FDA killed the American dream.

One of the ways we share love in the cigar industry is with a cigar. Well, the days of being able to do that are over, thanks to the new Draconian FDA regulations surrounding our industry. One of the things us cigar guys get most excited about is a new blend or release and being able to share that. Yeah, that is over too!

The joy involved with sharing a cigar with a consumer well that is over as well.

Why has an artisan product that takes hundreds of touches to make and months, sometimes years, to bring to you being attacked because the FDA has decided this adult product, which employees hundreds of thousands of people, that has been made the same way for hundreds of years in the same time honored traditional way, needs to be put under regulation? A luxury artesian product made for adults to enjoy is being attacked. You never hear “Oh that guy got pulled over because he was smoking a cigar,” or “That guy was a smoking a cigar and beating his wife.” Or, “That guys cigar smoking lead him to a life of crime.”

What you do hear about are those people celebrating a child, a marriage, a job, or a good life with a cigar. What you do feel is the love that is felt when adults share a cigar. What you do get is friendship and life long memories while enjoying a cigar.

Our American way if life is being attacked by the FDA and we are the first group to feel its sting, and we will not be the last under this new America. The idea of home of the brave, land of the free, is coming to an end and we are under attack, not by foreigners, but by our own government on a mission to destroy our way of life and all we hold dear. Today is the day that America lost – this is not just the beginning but the end of the American dream. My fellow Americans, our rights are being shredded. Please wake up before it is too late. Maybe this does not directly affect you but trust me, you or your business are next!

Casey Aldulaimi works for one of America’s top cigar manufacturers.

Casey Aldulaimi Contributor

  • Trey Walker

    August 9, 2016 #1 Author

    “Artesian.” Does not mean what you think it means.


    • Chase

      August 9, 2016 #2 Author

      lol this article is terribly written. That said, I completely agree with the sentiments expressed.


    • David

      August 9, 2016 #3 Author

      He meant Artisan….but readers will probably know that.


    • Chuck

      August 10, 2016 #4 Author

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure he “artisan”.



      August 11, 2016 #5 Author

      Obviously he intended to use the word Artisan. No harm. The overall message is one to heed: individual rights are being attached from all sides.


    • David

      August 12, 2016 #6 Author

      Save your outrage for what Mr. Aldulaimi is saying, not how he might have misused a word. Because he’s absolutely, spot-on, correct. Americans’ entire way of life is being undermined if not outright attacked. You need to worry more about everything Mr. Aldulaimi has said in his piece and not about the fact that he might have either used an incorrect word or a word incorrectly. Geesh.


    • Brian

      August 13, 2016 #7 Author

      Its the wrong word. The word he is looking for (I think) is artisan. (a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.)


  • Ed Brown

    August 9, 2016 #8 Author

    Ok, so the only thing you take away from this article is the use of “artesian” instead of “artisan”? You sir are a tool!
    This is indeed a sad day for our industry. I am a retail shop owner and am of retirement age. I was going to stay around until I drop, but now……..?


  • JM

    August 9, 2016 #9 Author

    It was an honest typo clearly meant to be “artisan”


  • Chuck Fuerte

    August 9, 2016 #10 Author

    He misspelled a word. He meant artisan. Be helpful, not critical.


  • John Dade

    August 9, 2016 #11 Author

    Great Article Casey…..THANKS for the Heads Up…and Education! Cheerz!

    John Dade
    Cigar Night Business Mixer Group


  • Christian Klemp

    August 9, 2016 #12 Author

    This regulation makes no sense.


  • JB

    August 9, 2016 #13 Author

    Pretty sure you meant to use the word “Artisan” not “Artesian”


  • Jay Loveless

    August 10, 2016 #14 Author

    While I sympathize with your plight, and enjoy a good cigar now and again myself, you have been living in a dream world if it took messing with your chosen nicotine delivery system to wake you up to what is happening in this country, you have been comatose for years. Virtually every right guaranteed by the Bill of rights – especially the Second Amendment have been eroded by continuous attack for many years, and too many have said “I’m not a shooter, so I don’t care.”. Welcome to Amerika as we have let her become. Now quit whining and now that you’re awake, join with us in reminding the government that the are our employees, not our masters.


  • Jingo

    August 11, 2016 #15 Author

    Ha ha, just about to post the same thing. “Artisanal” is the word you’re looking for, Casey. Also, the U.S. government is not on a “mission to destroy our way of life and all we hold dear”. Crank down the rhetoric a little before Trump hires you as a speechwriter.


  • Rich93

    August 11, 2016 #17 Author

    I don’t want to sound like a know-it-all, but the word you really meant to say is “artisan”.


  • david b

    August 11, 2016 #18 Author

    Neither does the word “Freedom”: it seems.


  • Jose Garcia

    August 11, 2016 #19 Author

    I Live in Canada and could not agree more, we already have some of the most restrictive laws anywhere. As of a couple of years ago we cannot smoke on patios at bars or any public parks in Ontario. Big Brother is watching.


  • UG

    August 11, 2016 #20 Author

    The FDA has nothing better to do than to mess up our simple pleasure in life. A fine cigar is not a crime!


  • CTS

    August 12, 2016 #21 Author

    Artisan = person who is skilled at making things by hand.
    Artesian = involving, relating to, or supplied by the upward movement of water under hydrostatic pressure.


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