FDA Rules Could Kill 119-Year-Old Family Cigar Business
Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 06:24 PM CDT
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(FOXNEWS) -- J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is one of a kind, literally.
Founded in 1895 by Julius Caesar Newman, a Hungarian immigrant, the Tampa-based family business is the last of what was once 150 “Cigar City” factories.
The business has outlasted 19 U.S. presidents, two world wars, a Cuban economic embargo that crushed many of its competitors and, most recently, the Great Recession.
Now, the company is fighting for its life.
A new executive branch regulation aimed at curbing youth access to tobacco by stomping out affordable cigars effectively would extinguish the Newman family legacy, and its 130 jobs.