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.
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.