Congressman Seeks Clove Cigar Ban

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) requests that FDA ban clove cigars

Published in Tobacco E-News

By  Thomas A. Briant, Executive Director

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has sent a letter to the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requesting that the federal ban on flavored cigarettes be extended "to flavored cigars that have been designed and marketed to circumvent the FDA prohibition" on flavored cigarettes.

As enacted into law, the federal ban on flavored cigarettes included a ban on the sale of clove cigarettes. In particular, the letter submitted by Waxman asks the FDA to investigate Kretek International of Moorpark, Calif. (owner of the Tobacco Plus Expo), and the company's actions in developing and [image-nocss] marketing clove cigars in response to the FDA ban on clove cigarettes.