Every weekday, workers at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. roll out cigars on hand-operated machines that date back to the Depression era. They are the last remnants of Tampa's storied cigar history. But the company faces an uncertain future, its owners say, as the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate all cigars or exempt only premium cigars, which are not made at this red-brick Ybor City factory. "We'd be regulated out of business,'' said company president Eric Newman, whose grandfather, Julius Caeser Newman, founded the business in 1895 and whose company currently employs about 130 people. Scroll down for photo gallery.
J.C. Newman Cigar Co. cigarmakers won't roll over quietly
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