IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 18, 2013
Mr. Nelson(for himself,Mr. Rubio,Ms. Landrieu,Mr. Tester,Mr. Casey, andMr. Vitter) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, and to protect jobs and small businesses involved in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.
This Act may be cited as the
Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and
Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2013
Limitation of authority with respect to premium cigars
Exception for traditional large and premium cigars
in the heading, by inserting
for certain tobacco leaf
by adding at the end the following:
Limitation of authority for certain cigars
The provisions of this chapter (except forsection 907(d)(3)) shall not apply to traditional large and premium cigars.
Rule of construction
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to grant theSecretaryauthority to promulgate regulations on any matter that involves traditional large and premium cigars.
Traditional large and premium cigar defined
For purposes of this paragraph, the termtraditional large and premium cigar—
means any roll of tobacco that is wrapped in 100 percent leaf tobacco, bunched with 100 percent tobacco filler, contains no filter, tip or non-tobacco mouthpiece, weighs at least 6 pounds per 1,000 count, and—
has a 100 percent leaf tobacco binder and is hand rolled;
has a 100 percent leaf tobacco binder and is made using human hands to lay the leaf tobacco wrapper or binder onto only one machine that bunches, wraps, and caps each individual cigar; or
has a homogenized tobacco leaf binder and is made in the United States using human hands to lay the 100 percent leaf tobacco wrapper onto only one machine that bunches, wraps, and caps each individual cigar; and