Cigar Aficionado

Altadis U.S.A. Joins Cigar Rights of America

Cigar giant Altadis U.S.A. Inc. is now a sponsor of the Cigar Rights of America. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida company, a unit of Britain’s Imperial Tobacco PLC, announced the move today.

“We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Cigar Rights of America, and we look forward to working together to help our industry, and to build a more positive environment for all of us who appreciate and enjoy the premium cigar lifestyle,” said Javier Estades, general manager of premium cigars for Altadis U.S.A.

Estades is new to the position of running Altadis’s U.S. cigar operations, and he took over for Jim Colucci, who retired in July.

Altadis, one of the largest cigar companies in the world, becomes the 35th cigar manufacturer to join the CRA, which was founded in 2008. The company makes H. Upmann, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and other cigar brands.

"Finally. It's really hard to support a company that doesn't support our rights. Way to watch it all shake out before finally committing." —November 2, 2011 18:20 PM
"Wow, I'm really impressed, thanks Altadis for waiting three years to join the fight and showing us that us that you only care just a little." —November 2, 2011 12:40 PM