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Herrera Esteli Limited Edition Lanceros Return This Summer

Herrera Esteli Limited Edition Lanceros Return This Summer

A pair of slender, limited-edition smokes from Drew Estate are returning to cigar retailers this summer.

May 11, 2022
Rick Rodriguez Starts West Tampa Tobacco Co.

Rick Rodriguez Starts West Tampa Tobacco Co.

Now that his tenure with General Cigar is over, Rodriguez is starting all over again with a new venture.  

May 10, 2022
Nat Cicco Casino Real Gets Thin New Size

Nat Cicco Casino Real Gets Thin New Size

Nat Cicco has expanded its regular-production Casino Real line from five to six sizes with a new slender smoke.

May 6, 2022
JRE Releasing All-Honduran Aladino Classic

JRE Releasing All-Honduran Aladino Classic

Honduran cigarmaker and leaf grower JRE Tobacco Co. is expanding its Aladino brand with a new, regular-production line of Honduran puros called Aladino Classic.

May 6, 2022
Flor de Las Antillas 10th Anniversary In The Works

Flor de Las Antillas 10th Anniversary In The Works

My Father Cigars, two-time winners of Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year, are putting the final touches on the Flor de Las Antillas 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 2022.

May 5, 2022
Aganorsa Leaf Streamlines Its Core Brands

Aganorsa Leaf Streamlines Its Core Brands

The core Aganorsa Leaf brands—Habano, Corojo, Connecticut and Maduro—will be receiving standardized packaging and sizing all under the umbrella of the new La Validación Series. 

May 4, 2022

cuba

Habanos S.A. Sets Record With More Than $500 Million In Sales

Habanos S.A. Sets Record With More Than $500 Million In Sales

Habanos S.A. posted a record $568 million in sales last year, up 15 percent from 2020. 

May 12, 2022
$100 Cohibas Coming As Cuban Cigar Prices Going Up

$100 Cohibas Coming As Cuban Cigar Prices Going Up

Cuban cigars are about to get more expensive the world over.

May 10, 2022
Explosion At Cuba’s Hotel Saratoga

Explosion At Cuba’s Hotel Saratoga

Cuba’s Hotel Saratoga, a high-end property in one of the busiest and most famous areas of Havana, was seriously damaged in an explosion.

May 6, 2022
Phoenicia: The Cuban Cigar Powerhouse

Phoenicia: The Cuban Cigar Powerhouse

Little known to American cigar lovers, Phoenicia Trading is one of the world’s largest distributors of Cuban smokes worldwide. Customers often drop $100,000 at its duty-free shop …

April 25, 2022
Phoenicia Trading To Launch Cohiba 55 Aniversario Edición Limitada 2021 Next Month

Phoenicia Trading To Launch Cohiba 55 Aniversario Edición Limitada 2021 Next Month

Cohiba turned 55 years old last year, and Habanos S.A. announced that there’d be an anniversary smoke to celebrate the occasion. Now, a year later, the commemorative Cohiba is …

April 18, 2022
U.S. To Reactivate Consulate In Havana

U.S. To Reactivate Consulate In Havana

The consulate has been effectively closed since September of 2017, but will be reactivated under the Biden administration. 

March 7, 2022

legislation

Delaware Bill For Lower Taxes On Premium Cigars Passes House Committee

Delaware Bill For Lower Taxes On Premium Cigars Passes House Committee

Cigar smokers in “The First State” may be getting a tax break in the future.

April 14, 2022
Miami Judge Rules Cruise Companies Liable For Using Cuban Port Facilities

Miami Judge Rules Cruise Companies Liable For Using Cuban Port Facilities

Judge Beth Bloom wrote that the cruise ship companies had engaged in “trafficking activities” by porting in Havana and bringing passengers to tour the city.  

March 24, 2022
FDA-Funded Scientific Study on Premium Cigars Released

FDA-Funded Scientific Study on Premium Cigars Released

The findings indicate that the risks associated with other tobacco products are different from those tied to handmade cigars.

March 11, 2022
Florida Legislature Passes Bill Targeting Beach and Park Smoking—But Spares Cigars

Florida Legislature Passes Bill Targeting Beach and Park Smoking—But Spares Cigars

Smoking on Florida's beaches and parks is under attack from legislation, but lawmakers are sparing cigars.

March 3, 2022
New Zealand to Create Lifetime Ban on Tobacco For Much Of Its Population

New Zealand to Create Lifetime Ban on Tobacco For Much Of Its Population

How old do you have to be to buy a cigar, or another tobacco product?

December 9, 2021
North Carolina Gets Cigar Tax Max

North Carolina Gets Cigar Tax Max

Applause is in order for the Tar Heel State.

December 2, 2021

cigar industry

2022 Imports Off To Decent Start

2022 Imports Off To Decent Start

The ultra-hot handmade cigar market continues to show signs of growth.

May 2, 2022
New President And Board Members For TAA

New President And Board Members For TAA

The Tobacconists’ Association of America consists of roughly 250 shops in the United States, along with many prominent handmade cigarmakers.

April 19, 2022
The Lineup: What Cigars To Expect at Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest 2022

The Lineup: What Cigars To Expect at Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest 2022

The second-ever Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest—coming to Hollywood, Florida on May 28—is coming up fast, and after last year, anticipation is high.

April 7, 2022
456 Million Handmade Cigars Shipped To U.S. In 2021

456 Million Handmade Cigars Shipped To U.S. In 2021

Shipments were up by 25.3 percent over 2020.

March 17, 2022
Cigars International To Open Third Retail Store in Texas

Cigars International To Open Third Retail Store in Texas

The Lone Star State is getting a new, massive Cigars International retail store in San Antonio.

March 16, 2022
Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest: A Top-Tier Lineup Of Cigar Stars Are Speaking At The Seminars

Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest: A Top-Tier Lineup Of Cigar Stars Are Speaking At The Seminars

The second-ever Big Smoke meets Whiskey Fest is coming Saturday, May 28, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

March 16, 2022
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