YORK, Pa., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Tucci and his wife Frances are the owners of the York based Planet R.Y.O. Smoke Shop franchise with locations all around Central PA and their Custom Blends Farm Fresh brand of cigarette tobacco falls under the new FDA Deeming Regulations as a "Grandfathered Brand". Thus they are exempt from what Pipe Tobacco, Ecig, Vapor and Cigar manufacturers are dealing with as a result of new FDA regulations on all tobacco products announced May 5, 2016.
"Pennsylvania is the only state in the US that does not tax cigars, pipe tobacco, and other tobacco products. This made it easy to start our business in PA. Our fantastic PA customers are who made it grow," says Mark Tucci.
The Brand is currently seeking a dedicated nationwide distributor as it continues to resume establishing market share across the country.
Custom Blends Farm Fresh Tobacco made the choice to stay classified cigarette tobacco and not change to a much lower taxed pipe tobacco classification after February of 2007 with the passage of SCHIP. Their competition changed to a much lower pipe tobacco class to take advantage of the loophole SCHIP created.
Competing brands were selling cigarette tobacco in bags labeled "pipe tobacco". With the same brand cigarette tubes and machines to make cigarettes with their "pipe tobacco" it was obviously cigarette tobacco.
Because of regulations that applied to cigarette tobacco but not to pipe tobacco Custom Blends watched over the years as their competition in the loophole sold cheap tobacco with unregulated internet sales and deceptive product sold in deceptive packaging. Custom Blends retained quality conscious customers in their local stores that stayed loyal to the brand despite the extra cost.
"With the February 2007 FDA Grandfather date fully in place, Custom Blends will always be here with 27 brands of Roll Your Own tobacco on the market nationwide since 1993.
One Big difference is we now have a Grandfather!"
As for the future of Make Your Own cigarettes?
"It just makes sense that if you're going to smoke I would make it myself out of our 27 blends and know what I'm smoking."
For more info on FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulations see:
Planet R.Y.O. Website: http://www.planetryo.com
Custom Blends website:
For more info on Custom Blends or Planet R.Y.O. Retail stores Please contact Mark Tucci at 888-253-6363 option 3
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SOURCE Custom Blends Farm Fresh Tobacco