cigars

Strong Royale is First Cohiba Rolled in Honduras

Strong Royale is First Cohiba Rolled in Honduras

The new Cohiba Royale is starting to show up in stores and it’s said to be the most full-bodied, non-Cuban Cohiba to date, as well as the first to ever be rolled in Honduras.

April 6, 2020
Viva La Vida Releasing New, Limited Size

Viva La Vida Releasing New, Limited Size

Cigarmakers Billy and Gus Fakih are adding a new size to their Viva La Vida line–in partnership with A.J. Fernandez–and it will begin shipping later this week.

April 1, 2020
Nat Sherman Ships TAA Exclusive, Retailer Support Kits

Nat Sherman Ships TAA Exclusive, Retailer Support Kits

Nat Sherman International remains busy with an exclusive Timeless cigar for members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America, as well as delivering care packages to help cigar …

March 27, 2020
CAO Expedición Made Just For TAA

CAO Expedición Made Just For TAA

The CAO Expedición is a dark Toro with a unique blend created exclusively for TAA members, and General Cigar Co. says it was named for “the brand’s exploration of the world’s …

March 26, 2020
A Tapered TAA Exclusive From A.J. Fernandez

A Tapered TAA Exclusive From A.J. Fernandez

Made by A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua, the box-pressed, double-tapered figurado is only available to retail members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America.

March 26, 2020
EPC’s TAA Exclusive Will Be Thickest Encore to Date

EPC’s TAA Exclusive Will Be Thickest Encore to Date

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has applied his love for making thick cigars to the special-edition Encore TAA 656, a chunky smoke made exclusively for the Tobacconists Association of …

March 25, 2020

cuba

Cuba Tightens Borders As Coronavirus Cases Spread

Cuba Tightens Borders As Coronavirus Cases Spread

Cuba will close its borders to international tourism and non-resident visitors for at least a month, Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel announced on March 20. The new border-contro…

March 23, 2020
Romeo Night at Habanos Festival Raises More than 4 Million Euros

Romeo Night at Habanos Festival Raises More than 4 Million Euros

Habanos spared no expense on Friday night when the company threw its final gala cigar dinner to conclude the 22nd Habanos Festival, raising more than 4 million euros in the …

March 2, 2020
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

legislation

FDA Asks Court for Extension of Key Product Deadline Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

FDA Asks Court for Extension of Key Product Deadline Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed a motion in court requesting a 120-day extension of the premarket application deadline for cigars and other tobacco products that is …

March 31, 2020
Cigar Industry Petitions for Six-Month Delay from Upcoming Substantial Equivalence Deadline

Cigar Industry Petitions for Six-Month Delay from Upcoming Substantial Equivalence Deadline

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, leading lobbying groups for the handmade cigar industry have filed a joint petition with the U.S. government for a six-month stay …

March 24, 2020
Cigar Industry Argues For Relief From Key Product Approval Deadline

Cigar Industry Argues For Relief From Key Product Approval Deadline

As an important product approval deadline looms, the cigar industry asked a trio of circuit court judges this morning for relief.

March 18, 2020
House Passes ‘Historic’ Bill Exempting Premium Cigars from Internet Sales, Premarket Review—But There’s a Catch

House Passes ‘Historic’ Bill Exempting Premium Cigars from Internet Sales, Premarket Review—But There’s a Catch

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last Friday that aspires to curtail youth use of tobacco products with strict new regulations. However, premium cigars are exempt …

March 3, 2020
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

cigar industry

La Palina and Room101 to Host Virtual Cigar Event

La Palina and Room101 to Host Virtual Cigar Event

Cigarmakers La Palina and Room101 have announced that they are launching a retailer care package program effective immediately and are also hosting a live virtual cigar event on …

April 3, 2020
Crowned Heads To Distribute ACE Prime Cigars

Crowned Heads To Distribute ACE Prime Cigars

Crowned Heads LLC and ACE Prime Cigars have formed a strategic alliance that will have Crowned Heads handle all distribution of ACE Prime’s products.

April 2, 2020
Humidor Maker Vigilant to Produce Face Shields for Healthcare Workers

Humidor Maker Vigilant to Produce Face Shields for Healthcare Workers

Vigilant Inc., a New Hampshire-based humidor manufacturer, is making personal protective gear for medical personnel at healthcare facilities that have equipment shortages.

April 1, 2020
TAA Cancels 2020 Annual Convention Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

TAA Cancels 2020 Annual Convention Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The 52nd annual Tobacconists Association of America meeting and convention, which was postponed a few weeks ago, has now been officially canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

March 26, 2020
COVID-19: How Cigar Shops Are Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19: How Cigar Shops Are Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

With businesses shutting down across the U.S., and reports of Coronavirus multiplying with every news cycle, many cigar stores remain open despite this time of national crisis, …

March 20, 2020
Multiple Cigar Factories Shut Down in the Dominican Republic

Multiple Cigar Factories Shut Down in the Dominican Republic

Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd. and General Cigar Dominicana announced today that they are closing as a precautionary measure against the pandemic.

March 20, 2020