Appeals to Save Ybor City Last Cigar Factory

Appeals to Save Ybor City Last Cigar Factory


 Proposed FDA Regulation Threatens to Close Last Operating Ybor City Cigar Factory in Tampa

 On Monday, June 30, J.C. Newman Cigar Company will cover two sides of its iconic clock tower with appeals to save its historic factory.

 The giant banners urge people to “Save This Factory” by visiting There, visitors will learn more about proposed FDA regulations and how they can comment to exempt the last operating cigar factory in Cigar City (Tampa), Florida.

 Measuring 20’ by 30’, the signs will be on display from the south and east walls of the tower for the daily commuters who drive past the factory every day.

WHERE: J.C. Newman Cigar Company 2701 N 16th Street

WHEN: A crew will start hanging the banners at 6:00 a.m. Banners are anticipated to be on display around 1:00 p.m.

WHY: In April 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published proposed regulations on the cigar industry. Complying with these regulations as drafted would be so cumbersome and cost-prohibitive it may force the last operating cigar factory in Tampa (J.C. Newman Cigar Company) to close.


Founded in 1895, J.C. Newman is America’s oldest family-owned premium cigar makers and also the last operating cigar factory in Cigar City. With a portfolio of famous brands from the ultra-premium Diamond Crown family of cigars to Cuesta-Rey, Perla del Mar, Brick House, El Baton, and our value-priced Quorum and Factory 59′s, the J.C. Newman name is synonymous with excellence in cigar manufacturing. To learn more about J.C. Newman Cigar Company visit



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