CRA Board Member Tony Gomez Is Featured Speaker at Congressional Cigar Caucus Meeting

On Tuesday, May 7th, Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09), the Congressional Cigar Caucus Co-Chairman, hosted a Cigar Policy Roundtable. The gathering was a well-attended event by members of Congress and featured a distinguished panel of representatives from the cigar industry, including CRA board member Tony Gomez, Vice President of La Flor Dominicana; Mike Copperman, Executive Director and Federal Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Director of Cigar Rights of America; and Teresa Wessling, representing Georgetown Tobacco & Pipe and a PCA board member. 

This roundtable provided a platform for a comprehensive discussion about the potential impact of proposed policies and regulations on the myriad of family-owned businesses within the cigar industry.

During the session, Tony Gomez shared the story of La Flor Dominicana, a family-owned business established in 1994 by former CRA board member Litto Gomez and Ines Lorenzo-Gomez, both respected figures in the cigar community. In speaking at the panel, Tony articulated concerns over how FDA regulations and other proposed legislations could severely impact the cigar industry, particularly threatening the sustainability of small, family-run businesses.

Congressman Meuser’s hosting of the event underscored his continued commitment to advocating against burdensome regulations and supporting small businesses in the premium cigar sector and providing them a platform in Congress to give voice to their concerns.

The event concluded with a gathering on the Speaker of the House’s ceremonial balcony at the United States Capitol, where attendees, including members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, their staff, and industry representatives, came together to enjoy premium cigars. This gathering underscored the bipartisan spirit of the event and the unifying power of premium cigars.

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