cigars

Punch Releasing a New Value Brand Called Knuckle Buster

Punch Releasing a New Value Brand Called Knuckle Buster

Punch Knuckle Buster is a wallet-friendly, relatively inexpensive brand coming out next month that’s meant to fall in the middle of the strength spectrum.

February 21, 2020
My Father Expanding The Judge and La Opulencia

My Father Expanding The Judge and La Opulencia

My Father Cigars is adding new sizes to two of its regular-production Nicaraguan lines.

February 18, 2020
Avo Improvisation LE20 Coming Next Month

Avo Improvisation LE20 Coming Next Month

Although jazz musician and cigar icon Avo Uvezian passed away in 2017, his tradition of celebratory cigars will continue in March with the Avo Improvisation LE20.

February 14, 2020
Illusione to Release PCA-Exclusive Smoke

Illusione to Release PCA-Exclusive Smoke

Illusione Cigars will be introducing a new size to its Cigares Privé line this summer, but retailers will have to attend the Premium Cigar Association trade show if they want to …

February 12, 2020
Rocky Patel to Launch Official Smoke for Cigar Smoking World Championship

Rocky Patel to Launch Official Smoke for Cigar Smoking World Championship

Cigarmaker Rocky Patel has announced a new line called Cigar Smoking World Championship.

February 10, 2020
Quai d’Orsay Edición Limitada Now For Sale in France

Quai d’Orsay Edición Limitada Now For Sale in France

It’s a little late to the market, but the Cuban Quai d’Orsay Senadores Edición Limitada for 2019 is available at retail stores in France.

February 6, 2020

cuba

American Airlines Wants More Flights to Cuba

American Airlines Wants More Flights to Cuba

American Airlines has set its sights on Havana. The carrier is petitioning the U.S. government to take over two daily flights from Miami to Cuba that JetBlue Airways will abandon …

February 4, 2020
U.S. Continues Cutbacks on Flights to Cuba

U.S. Continues Cutbacks on Flights to Cuba

As part of a series of sanctions against Cuba, the Trump administration has suspended U.S. charter flights to all parts of the island except Havana, making it more difficult for …

January 16, 2020
United Nations Condemns U.S. Embargo on Cuba

United Nations Condemns U.S. Embargo on Cuba

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to denounce the 57-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

November 8, 2019
Analysis: U.S. Cutting Back On Commercial Flights to Cuba

Analysis: U.S. Cutting Back On Commercial Flights to Cuba

In a significant escalation of President Trump’s economic pressure on Cuba, the U.S. government is drastically curtailing U.S. commercial airline flights to the island.

October 28, 2019
U.S. Bans Flights to All Cuban Cities Except Havana

U.S. Bans Flights to All Cuban Cities Except Havana

The United States Department of Transportation announced tonight that it was banning scheduled flights between the United States and all Cuban cities, except for Havana.

October 25, 2019
Romeo y Julieta To Highlight 2020 Habanos Festival

Romeo y Julieta To Highlight 2020 Habanos Festival

Romeo y Julieta, which is celebrating its 145th anniversary, will be the featured cigar at the gala dinner concluding the 22nd annual Festival del Habano.

October 22, 2019

legislation

Trump’s Budget Would Create New Tobacco Regulation Agency

Trump’s Budget Would Create New Tobacco Regulation Agency

President Trump presented a $4.8 trillion budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year that calls for the creation of a new agency to focus on tobacco regulation, a move that would …

February 11, 2020
D.C. Judge Strikes Down Warning Labels for Premium Cigars

D.C. Judge Strikes Down Warning Labels for Premium Cigars

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wanted to place oversized warning labels on premium cigar packaging when it published its Final Deeming Rule four years ago, but earlier …

February 3, 2020
Florida Lawmaker Files Measure Urging Members to Support Cigar-Exemption Bills

Florida Lawmaker Files Measure Urging Members to Support Cigar-Exemption Bills

Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32) introduced a memorial bill yesterday in the Florida House that encourages his fellow lawmakers to support two federal bills that would protect premium …

January 15, 2020
Tobacco 21: Retailers Respond

Tobacco 21: Retailers Respond

With the stroke of a pen, the legal age to buy tobacco anywhere in the U.S. became 21 immediately after President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on December 20—and …

January 7, 2020
FDA Says Premium, Handmade Cigars Are ‘Lowest Priority’

FDA Says Premium, Handmade Cigars Are ‘Lowest Priority’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance last week citing handmade cigars as the agency’s “lowest priority,” indicating that a bit of regulatory relief could be …

January 6, 2020
Congress Raises Tobacco-Purchase Age to 21

Congress Raises Tobacco-Purchase Age to 21

The legal age to purchase tobacco products, including handmade cigars, in the United States will be raised to 21 years old.

December 20, 2019

cigar industry

Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest Cigar List and Seminars Announced

Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest Cigar List and Seminars Announced

Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest is less than two months away, and a partial list of the premium smokes and spirits attendees will be able to enjoy has been revealed, along with the …

February 13, 2020
Drew Estate Announces 2020 Barn Smoker Dates

Drew Estate Announces 2020 Barn Smoker Dates

Now in its sixth year running, the Barn Smokers will start in May and run through October at tobacco farms in Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Kentucky and Louisiana.

February 12, 2020
New CEO for Imperial Brands

New CEO for Imperial Brands

Imperial Brands has named Stefan Bomhard as the company’s new chief executive officer, replacing Alison Cooper.

February 4, 2020
Stogie Thieves Steal 100,000 Cigars From Indian Head Cigar Co.

Stogie Thieves Steal 100,000 Cigars From Indian Head Cigar Co.

José “Jochy” Blanco, owner of Indian Head Cigar Co., announced today that the Indian Head distribution warehouse in Miami was burglarized on Saturday.

February 4, 2020
Puro Sabor 2020 Celebrates Nicaraguan Cigar Industry

Puro Sabor 2020 Celebrates Nicaraguan Cigar Industry

Premium cigar lovers from all over the world flew to Nicaragua, the leading producer of handmade cigars, to participate in the country’s largest cigar and tobacco celebration.

January 27, 2020
Cigar Imports Show Signs of Cooling Down

Cigar Imports Show Signs of Cooling Down

After four years of impressive growth, the U.S. market for premium, handmade cigars is showing signs of slowing.

January 23, 2020