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News & Features : Editors' Note

Saying No to the Smoke Police

You may have never heard of Westminster, Massachusetts. But remember the name. This small American town recently served as a battlefield for the war...more

Posted: February 1, 2015    By Marvin R. Shanken / David Savona


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Bon Voyage

It seems like only yesterday when I walked down the hall and into Gordon Mott’s office here at M. Shanken Communications. I barely knew his name....more

Posted: December 1, 2014    By Marvin R. Shanken


News & Features : Editors' Note

The Issue

Every now and then, we step back from an issue that we’re getting ready for you and say, “Hey, there’s some good stuff in here!” This is one...more

Posted: October 1, 2014    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

Speak Up

July 9th. Don’t forget that date. That’s the day the Food and Drug Administration will stop taking comments on new rules to regulate the premium...more

Posted: August 1, 2014    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


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Cuba's Crossroad

We have returned again from a visit to Havana. The occasion was the annual Festival del Habanos, a weeklong celebration of one of the country’s...more

Posted: June 1, 2014    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

Ironic and Absurd

It is now legal to sell and smoke marijuana in Colorado and Washington. More states, including California and New York, have begun making noises...more

Posted: April 1, 2014    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

Cream of the Crop

For the third time since we started awarding a cigar of the year in 2004, we have given the title to a Cuban cigar, a Montecristo No. 2. The iconic...more

Posted: February 1, 2014    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

Cigar Truths

Will the government and the media ever stop lumping premium handrolled cigars together with products like machine-made and flavored cigars? That...more

Posted: December 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

The State of Cigars

Every so often, we like to step back to reflect on what’s happening in the world of cigars. The answer today is pretty simple. The state of the...more

Posted: October 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

Going Too Far

Dinner had begun at the Four Seasons restaurant, and Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani stepped up to the dais. "When I first became mayor of New York City,...more

Posted: August 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

A State of Mind

The Good Life. A Good Life. Living Good. Good Living. Simple words. Each combination of those words means something a little different, but each one...more

Posted: June 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


News & Features : Editors' Note

An Ambassador for Cigars

We usually don’t spend a lot of time on this page talking about the issue’s cover subject. But Jeremy Irons deserves a tip of our hats. Which...more

Posted: April 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


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