TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) - Attorney General Pam Bondi said the federal government is going “overboard” with proposed regulations to link electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to the same rules as the cigarette industry.

Bondi wrote in a letter that she wants the Food and Drug Administration to consider the potential impact of the announced rule changes on Ybor City cigar manufacturer J.C. Newman Cigar, urging the federal agency to “more narrowly tailor these overboard regulations.”

The FDA is looking to discourage the use of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products among minors by expanding rules on the sales and advertising of cigarettes.

J.C. Newman is the lone survivor of a cigar industry that first came to Tampa in the 1890s.

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