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J.C. Newman Revamps Perla del Mar, Introduces New Corojo Line

J.C. Newman Revamps Perla del Mar, Introduces New Corojo Line

The Perla del Mar brand from J.C. Newman has received a makeover, and the new cigars are shipping on Black Friday with a slightly stronger blend, redesigned packaging and even an …

November 25, 2020
Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro Shipping This Week

Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro Shipping This Week

Just in time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro line has begun shipping.

November 24, 2020
Cuba’s San Cristobal 20 Aniversario Starting to Appear

Cuba’s San Cristobal 20 Aniversario Starting to Appear

While it was expected to debut in 2019, and the year 2020 is nearly complete, the San Cristobal de la Habana 20 Aniversario is just starting to reach retailers worldwide.

November 23, 2020
Room101 Releasing 11th Anniversary Cigar, and Resurrecting Big Payback Connecticut

Room101 Releasing 11th Anniversary Cigar, and Resurrecting Big Payback Connecticut

Eleven years might seem like an odd anniversary to celebrate, but Room101 brand owner Matt Booth has never been one for convention. He’s releasing an 11th anniversary cigar and …

November 19, 2020
New Cigars Unveiled At Great Wall Cigar Festival in China

New Cigars Unveiled At Great Wall Cigar Festival in China

Great Wall Cigar, China’s biggest cigar producer, recently hosted its sixth annual cigar festival featuring three days of cigar events, guest speakers, Chinese smokes and even the …

November 18, 2020
Plasencia’s Year of the Ox Forecast for February

Plasencia’s Year of the Ox Forecast for February

Plasencia Cigars joins the Chinese zodiacal celebration with an upcoming Salomon aptly named Year of the Ox. The dramatically tapered smokes are set to ship in 2021.

November 11, 2020

cuba

Cuba Cancels Habanos Festival

Cuba Cancels Habanos Festival

The Habanos Festival, which would have taken place in a few months, has been canceled “due to the global context we are living,” according to an official statement sent out this …

November 24, 2020
Airbnb’s Cuba Operations Focus of Treasury Department Review

Airbnb’s Cuba Operations Focus of Treasury Department Review

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is investigating Airbnb’s compliance with U.S. sanctions on Cuba, the company revealed this week, and it could …

November 19, 2020
Havana’s Jose Martí International Airport Reopens

Havana’s Jose Martí International Airport Reopens

Foreign tourists and Cuban Americans are returning to Havana after the Jose Martí International Airport reopened Sunday. The flights were the first in more than seven months to …

November 16, 2020
Cuba Travel FAQ

Cuba Travel FAQ

A lot has changed in the last three years, and none of it good for U.S. citizens wanting to visit Cuba. We compiled a list of everything you need to know about traveling to the …

November 3, 2020
President Trump Tightens Sanctions on Cuba–No Cigars, No Rum and No Hotel Lodging for Americans

President Trump Tightens Sanctions on Cuba–No Cigars, No Rum and No Hotel Lodging for Americans

Americans will no longer be allowed to buy Cuban cigars, Cuban rum, or to stay in Cuban hotels, President Trump announced in a White House speech today. New restrictions also ban …

September 23, 2020
Tropical Storm Laura Causes Some Damage in Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo Region

Tropical Storm Laura Causes Some Damage in Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo Region

While the storm wasn’t as bad as it could have been, tropical storm Laura caused some damage in Vuelta Abajo, a significant tobacco-growing region in western Cuba’s Pinar del Río …

August 27, 2020

legislation

Court Strikes Down Key Premarket Review Process for Premium Cigars

Court Strikes Down Key Premarket Review Process for Premium Cigars

Premium cigar manufacturers no longer have to worry about the upcoming September 9 deadline for some FDA premarket applications as a judge handed them victory in court today, …

August 19, 2020
FDA Asks Court to Consider Premium Cigar Deferral Proposal

FDA Asks Court to Consider Premium Cigar Deferral Proposal

As the September 9 deadline for cigar manufacturers to submit their premarket applications to the FDA nears, the agency in charge of overseeing all tobacco products has asked a …

August 6, 2020
Pennsylvania Reps Prod President to Eliminate Premium Cigar Regulations

Pennsylvania Reps Prod President to Eliminate Premium Cigar Regulations

Half of Pennsylvania’s 18 representatives earlier this week signed and sent a letter to President Trump that urges his administration to roll back the “onerous, job-killing …

July 15, 2020
Court Strikes Down FDA’s Cigar Warning Label Plan

Court Strikes Down FDA’s Cigar Warning Label Plan

A trio of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit ruled unanimously this morning to keep FDA warning labels off of cigars. The court said the FDA …

July 7, 2020
Florida Representatives Urge President to Drop Cigar Industry Regulations

Florida Representatives Urge President to Drop Cigar Industry Regulations

In response to the economic downturn, a dozen representatives from Florida have signed and sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging his administration to eliminate “onerous, …

June 8, 2020
Court Ruling Ends Chances of 2021 Deadline for FDA Product Reports

Court Ruling Ends Chances of 2021 Deadline for FDA Product Reports

The FDA’s pre-market application deadline for cigars will remain September 9 after a trio of judges yesterday rejected the cigar industry’s appeal to extend the deadline for …

May 5, 2020

cigar industry

Cigar Shipments to U.S. Soar in September

Cigar Shipments to U.S. Soar in September

Imports of premium, handmade cigars were exceptionally strong in the month of September, showing significant gains in each of the big three producing countries.

November 18, 2020
New York Tobacconists Respond to Statewide Tax Hike

New York Tobacconists Respond to Statewide Tax Hike

The first of October marked the closure of a tax loophole that allowed New York tobacconists to maintain a roughly 38 percent tax on cigars. Now, the Empire State’s cigar tax has …

November 11, 2020
Cigars For Warriors Begins Fundraiser for U.S. Troops Tomorrow

Cigars For Warriors Begins Fundraiser for U.S. Troops Tomorrow

Due to Covid-19, Operation: Cigars for Warriors has seen a dramatic drop in donations. The charity is beginning a fundraising drive tomorrow on Veterans Day until the first of …

November 10, 2020
Hurricane Eta Spares Tobacco in Central America

Hurricane Eta Spares Tobacco in Central America

Tobacco growers in Central America are breathing sigh of relief. Although Hurricane Eta and its remnants caused some flooding in the major growing regions of Honduras and …

November 9, 2020
Cigar Association of America Names New Chairman

Cigar Association of America Names New Chairman

The Cigar Association of America, one of the leading trade groups in the U.S. cigar business, has named John J. Miller as its new chairman, replacing Javier Estades, who served in …

November 9, 2020
Higher Cigar Sales Boost Q3 Results for Scandinavian Tobacco

Higher Cigar Sales Boost Q3 Results for Scandinavian Tobacco

The American cigar market has been a strong one for European cigar giant Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S (STG). The Denmark company, parent of General Cigar Co., reported strong …

November 5, 2020