TSRC, Tob. Sci. Res. Conf., 2018, 72, abstr. 099a & 99b

Machine made cigar leaf and product workshop

(1) ITG Brands LLC, Greensboro, NC, USA; (2) Enthalpy Labs, Durham, NC, USA; (3) Altria Client Services LLC, Richmond, VA, USA; (4) Universal Dark Air-Cured Group, Oxford, NC, USA

The regulation of tobacco products continues to be a growing focus around the world. For example, in 2016, the FDA finalized a rule in the USA that extended its regulatory authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco. As different types of tobacco products are included in the scopes of regulatory frameworks, it becomes increasingly important to understand the similarities and differences of these products compared to other regulated products as they relate to agricultural practices, regulatory framework, and the state of the science and testing for these products. The Cigar Workshop will consist of two presentations. The presenters will come from diverse backgrounds and will focus on these topics: • Agricultural practices - Growing and harvesting of cigar tobaccos all over the world, including challenges, opportunities, and comparisons to conventional cigarette tobaccos • Regulatory and Scientific Challenges – Challenges for cigars compared to other product categories will be discussed with a focus from seed to finished product. Approaches to address Regulatory and Scientific challenges for cigars will also be presented. Following the presentations, there will be a brief panel discussion/Q&A, with audience participation, designed to explore and learn more about Machine Made Cigars and the opportunities to advance the science and understanding of these unique tobacco products and the impact on the current, and future, tobacco regulations. Secondly, there will be a series of stations set-up to provide “Hands-On” visual comparisons of cigar tobaccos, machine made cigar product comparisons, and egulatory & Science experts in Cigar products available for Q&A.