As a part of the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations over premium cigars is the requirement of Warning Labels on cigar packages and cigar advertisements. The requirement for Warning Labels goes into effect two years after the issuing of the regulations (August 3, 2018). While this may seem like a simple requirement, this ultimately will have a significant impact on not only how packaging and advertising looks, but impact the cigar industry’s ability to get a product to market.

To comply with Warning Labels, cigar manufacturers will be required to submit a Cigar Warning Plan, which the FDA is requiring twelve months in advance for new products. Products on the market between February 15, 2007 and August 3, 2007 will also have to comply with this and have companies submit a corresponding Warning Plan up to twelve months in advance.

Pre-Regulatory Warning Labels

Warning Labels are not a new concept. They have been seen with the cigarette industry for many years. Now they will be a part of how the premium cigar industry does business. While they are new to most in the cigar business, there have been some examples where this has been used.  The big companies agreed to do this as a part of the agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. While these are examples of Warning Labels, these are not examples of the Warning Labels being in compliance with the new regulations for cigars put in place by the FDA.