After facing backlash from manufacturers, retailers, and media about their proposed cigar convention next year, CigarCon, the PCA (formerly IPCPR) has cancelled the event, for next year at least. The association says they are still considering if for 2021. They have also created a sub-committee to focus on CigarCon in the hopes of planning it in the future.
Yesterday, the big four cigar manufacturers (Davidoff, Drew Estate, Altadis, General) announced that they were pulling out of the PCA trade show for 2020. Read more about that here. Since that announcement several companies have released official statements, including PCA itself. Below are those statements.
PCA announced today the cancellation of its Convention and Trade Show for 2020 that was scheduled to take place July 10-14 at the Sands/Venetian Convention Center and Hotel. This cancellation is due to public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has unanimously struck down warning labels on cigars. They noted flaws in the FDA’s Deeming Rule regulating cigars and said that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) did not do enough work to show an effect of large cigar warning labels on reducing smoking rates.
Today, the four largest cigar companies in America announced that they will not be attending the PCA (formerly IPCPR) trade show this year. Altadis, General, Davidoff, and Drew Estate each released separate press releases but the general consensus is that they are unhappy with the declining attendance, lack of cooperation with members to make changes to the organization, and rising costs. The linchpin for this action new seems to have been the general unrest around last year's poorly executed announcement of Consumer Day, which has since been cancelled.
Today, United States District Court Judge, Amit Mehta, deemed that the the warning label requirements for premium cigars imposed by the FDA are illegal. Mehta threw out the warning requirements for premium cigars with the reasoning because the FDA did not properly analyze the different usage patterns between premium cigars.
The PCA released a statement today about the status of their annual trade show scheduled to take place July 10 - 14, 2020, saying that it plans, for now, on having the event.
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that they are furloughing their entire staff, effective July 15th indefinitely. PCA is best known for their annual trade show (which was cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19) and their cigar rights lobbying efforts.
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (DTT) has announced the “The DTT Timeshare Experience,” a tounge-in-cheek named program in response to the...