For the first time, U.S. federal regulators with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a company to stop selling its cigarettes in the United States.
The four types of cigarettes, made by Jash International, that are involved with this federal order are: Sutra Bidis Red, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone, and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone.
Jash International, Inc. (whose parent company is A & T Tobacco Imports Inc.) is a privately owned Indian-owned tobacco/tobacco-product company based in East Dundee, Illinois.
According to the American Heart Association’s article “For the first time, federal regulators order tobacco products off the shelves”, this is the first time the FDA has ordered a tobacco product off the market since it was given authority to regulate tobacco in 2009.
According to the AHA, these Sutra-branded cigarettes called Bidis are “thin, hand-rolled cigarettes filled with tobacco and wrapped in leaves from a tendu tree and tied with string.”