Jose Orlando Padron (1926 - 2017)

December 5, 2017

From: The Padron Family

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our father, Padron Family patriarch and founder of Padron CIgars, Jose Orlando Padron. 

Jose Orlando had a favorite quote by Cuban poet Jose Marti, "Men are divided into two groups: those who love and create and those who hate and destroy."

Jose Orlando Padron was a man who loved and created. He built a loving family. He built an extended family of employees, in Nicaragua and the United States, whom he loved and respected. After immigrating from Cuba, he founded a small family business in Miami in 1964. He built it into an international company, creating one of the most respected cigar brands in the world. He built a legacy. 

He never forgot his simple roots in the countryside of Cuba and as a poor refugee in a new country. He was grateful to those who helped him in times of need and through his toughest challenges. It is why he remained humble and committed to giving back. He turned his gratitude into the Padron Family Foundation, so he could help others the same way he was helped. 

To quote one of Marti's famous aphorisms, "There are three things that each person should do during his lifetime: plant a tree, have a child, and write a book." Having lived an accomplished and loving life, Jose Orlando achieved all three. 

He loved his family. He loved his native Cuba and his adopted countries of Nicaragua and the United States. He loved God. He loved life. He loved a good cigar and sharing it with friends. 

He leaves behind his wife Florinda, his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren as well as his extended family of trusted employees and friends whom he loved like family. He spent years preparing us for this moment and we will carry on the traditions and lessons he passed on. We will strive every day to live like he did, carry on his name and make him proud. 

Rest In Peach, Papi. 


Please join us in celebration of Jose O. Padron's life at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday, December 8th, 6 - 10 pm, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9th, 2:00 pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church located at 3716 Garden Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140.

The burial will immediately follow at Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Park North Cemetery located at 3260 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33135. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in support of the Padron Family Foundation, funding education and healthcare programs benefitting our communities. We are in the process of setting up a web page so donations can be made online. 

To donate, please visit after Friday, December 8th. 

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. 

~The Padron Family

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Higher FDA User Fees Coming For Cigar Industry

September 27, 2017

By Andrew Nagy

"At the end of the day, it affects consumers." -Jorge Padron, president of Padron Cigars, Inc. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates all tobacco products, including premium cigars, today announced its calculation for user fees for the 2018 fiscal year. And the fees are going up.

For 2018, the CTP will charge the entire U.S. tobacco industry $672 million, $37 million more than last year’s assessment. (The CTP will increase the assessment each year until it reaches its maximum budget of $712 million for fiscal year 2019.) This means that the entire tobacco industry must pay the CTP $168 million per quarter in fiscal year 2018, which starts October 1 and continues through September 30, 2018.

The cigar industry will pay a portion of that total, slated for $16.6 million per quarter, or $66.4 million for all of 2018. That means the cigar industry will pay approximately $5 million more in CTP fees next year compared to this year’s numbers.

Since October 2016, cigar manufacturers and importers, in accordance with the FDA’s controversial Final Deeming Rule, have been required to submit federal excise tax information to the FDA on a monthly basis. The FDA, in turn, analyzes this data to calculate user fees for cigar companies, which are paid on a quarterly basis. Cigar companies pay the user fees directly to the FDA, and those payments are the sole source of funding for the Center of Tobacco Products, the branch of the FDA responsible for carrying out tobacco regulation activities.

User fees are also collected from manufacturers and importers of cigarettes, snuff, roll-your-own tobacco, and pipe tobacco. (For more on how user fees works, see FDA User Fees Mean More Costs For Cigar Companies.)

In short, user fees add significant costs to the finances of cigar manufacturers and importers. And while some manufacturers and importers absorb the extra cost, some pass it on to consumers by raising prices.

“User fees have always been there. And they’re astronomical,” Rocky Patel, owner of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, told Cigar Aficionado today. “We believe as an industry that user fees should not be applied to premium cigars, and this is a dominant argument in our lawsuit against the FDA.”

“Whenever you have anything like this, it’s a significant burden to the business,” says Jorge Padrón, president of Padrón Cigars Inc. “We have been absorbing the cost. At the end of the day, it affects consumers.”

Lobbyists Increase Outreach For Premium Cigar Exemption

September 22, 2017

By Blake Droesch

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that includes language to exempt premium cigars from harmful FDA regulations. Now, cigar lobbyists are increasing their efforts for grassroots outreach in support of multiple cigar-friendly bills that are currently awaiting votes in Congress.

The Cigar Rights of America, one of three leading cigar advocacy groups, launched a new outreach tool that connects cigar lovers to their senators in support of Senate Bill 294. This bill, introduced last February, includes the same language as H.R. 3354 that was adopted, and passed, by the House last week. If H.R. 3354 passes the Senate, it would then head to the desk of President Trump. The White House has confirmed that if the bill were presented to the President in its current form, his advisors would recommend he sign the bill into law.

The action alert, which can be found here, provides a pre-written letter to your senator supporting the cigar-friendly legislation. All you have to do is fill out your information and the CRA will do the rest.

"The [Senate Bill] helps clarify the language that was passed in the budget," said Glynn Loope, director of the Cigar Rights of America, referring to H.R. 3354. The passage of S. 294, according to Loope, would reinforce the progress that has been made in the House.

Cigar Rights of America also announced that Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) has signed on in support of S. 294, becoming its 17th bipartisan co-sponsor. The bill was put forth by Florida Sens. Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) and is currently under review by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S. 294 is identical to H.R. 564, introduced in January by Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), which has since been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Cigar Aficionado launched a similar letter-writing campaign in June, addressed to FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and President Donald Trump. You can support this initiative by clicking here.

House Bill Passes With Premium Cigar Exemption

September 14, 2017

Earlier today the US House of Representatives passed a 12 bill spending package that includes a provision prohibiting the FDA from enforcing regulations against premium cigars. The bill, known as the omnibus appropriations package, passed the House by 211-198 votes and will now move to the Senate for consideration. 

Congress has until December 8th to pass spending legislation and fund the federal government. 

So what does this mean? 

  • Section 752 of the House Agriculture Appropriations Bill would prevent FDA from enforcing Deeming Rule regulations on premium cigars (as defined in other legislation)
  • The exemption would only last for Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1st - September 30th 2018)
  • The Senate and House must both agree to the same legislation and pass a bill by December 8th for the provision to take effect

According to Ken Neumann, IPCPR President, yesterday's vote represents the first time a bill passed by a chamber of Congress contains language related to premium cigar exemption. "This is a monumental step for the industry and for IPCPR's retailers. For many years we've been pushing the ball forward in our efforts to roll back the FDA's oversized and ill-suited regulatory regime on premium cigars. Because of this work and because there are Members of Congress like Congressman Bob Aderholt, Bill Posey and Congresswoman Kathy Castor who fight every day for small businesses and the premium cigar retailers across the country, we're now on the precipice of bringing true relief to our industry."

IPCPR will continue to engage with Congress and the Administration as the appropriations process proceeds over the course of the next three months. We look forward to securing relief for our retailers and engaging with the industry along the way. 

For questions on appropriations, please contact Daniel Trope, IPCPR Director of Federal Government Affairs at