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E.P. Carrillo Finalizes Prices for Pledge, Announces Contest

E.P. Carrillo Finalizes Prices for Pledge, Announces Contest

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo introduced his new brand, Pledge in June and has now announced its pricing, along with a contest where 12 customers have the chance to win prizes, including …

August 6, 2020
Retro-Style Partagás Tins Coming To Switzerland

Retro-Style Partagás Tins Coming To Switzerland

Though long overdue, the Partagás Capitols will be arriving in Switzerland’s La Casa del Habano shops next week on August 12 and then at Habanos Specialist stores the following …

August 6, 2020
Diesel Estelí Puro From A.J. Fernandez Coming in September

Diesel Estelí Puro From A.J. Fernandez Coming in September

The new Diesel Estelí Puro is produced by A.J. Fernandez with tobacco from Nicaragua’s Estelí region. The all-Estelí cigars will be heading to retailers next month.

August 6, 2020
New Seal of Authenticity Guarantees Cameroon Leaf

New Seal of Authenticity Guarantees Cameroon Leaf

If it’s not from the Meerapfel family, it’s not Cameroon. And they’ve created a seal of authenticity to guarantee that any box of cigars bearing the new holographic sticker will …

August 5, 2020
ACE Prime to Release Luciano The Dreamer

ACE Prime to Release Luciano The Dreamer

ACE Prime is adding a lancero to its Luciano brand, one of the company’s original lines that’s named after co-founder Luciano Meirelles.

August 4, 2020
Oliveros Gran Retorno Returning to Market with Extra Age

Oliveros Gran Retorno Returning to Market with Extra Age

The Plasencias have taken over the Oliveros Gran Retorno, a long-term aging project started by Rafael Nodal.

August 3, 2020

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Cuba Rescinds Tax On Changing U.S. Dollars For CUCs

Cuba Rescinds Tax On Changing U.S. Dollars For CUCs

The Cuban government announced that, starting July 20, it will no longer impose a 10 percent surcharge on U.S. dollars exchanged for CUCs, the Cuban Unified Currency tourists need …

July 21, 2020
Roof Collapse at Cuba’s Partagás Factory Closes Iconic Casa del Habano

Roof Collapse at Cuba’s Partagás Factory Closes Iconic Casa del Habano

This week, a roof collapsed in the iconic Real Fabrica de Partagás in Havana, casually known as the Partagás factory. While the damage did not affect the La Casa del Habano inside …

July 1, 2020
Marriott Hotels Being Forced To Leave Cuba

Marriott Hotels Being Forced To Leave Cuba

The Trump administration has ordered Marriott International Hotels to close down its business interests in Cuba. According to the company, it has until August 31 to end its …

June 6, 2020
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

legislation

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
Judge Extends Deadline for FDA Product Approval Reports

Judge Extends Deadline for FDA Product Approval Reports

Cigar manufacturers received a bit of good news last week as the FDA’s premarket application deadline for cigars and other tobacco products was officially extended by a Maryland …

April 28, 2020

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Nat Sherman International Closing

Nat Sherman International Closing

Ninety years after it opened its doors for the first time, Nat Sherman is closing down. The company will cease operations by the end of September, shutting down the Manhattan …

August 3, 2020
2020 Cigar Retailer Survey: The Hottest Cigar Brands In America

2020 Cigar Retailer Survey: The Hottest Cigar Brands In America

In a cigar world turned upside down by a pandemic, some things remain constant. Consumers continue to buy fine cigars, and in top-tier cigar shops, Arturo Fuente and Padrón reign …

July 27, 2020
2020 Cigar Retailer Survey: How Covid-19 Has Impacted America’s Cigar Retailers

2020 Cigar Retailer Survey: How Covid-19 Has Impacted America’s Cigar Retailers

The Coronavirus pandemic has hurt many American cigar retailers, closing some cigar shops, forcing many to change the way they do business and impacting the supply and shipment …

July 27, 2020
2020 Cigar Retailer Survey: Toros Supplant Robustos As Best-Selling Size

2020 Cigar Retailer Survey: Toros Supplant Robustos As Best-Selling Size

The cigar world was long dominated by the robusto, the short, plump size that has been the most popular size for roughly the past quarter century. But there’s a new king in the …

July 27, 2020
Cigar Factories in Honduras To Remain Open

Cigar Factories in Honduras To Remain Open

Despite certain areas of Honduras returning to lockdown status due to Coronavirus, cigar operations will continue in the country.

July 21, 2020
ITS Hub to Replace InterTabac Trade Show This Year in Dortmund

ITS Hub to Replace InterTabac Trade Show This Year in Dortmund

Messe Dortmund has rescheduled the Intertabac cigar and tobacco convention as the ITS Hub, a hybrid trade show that will be both physical and virtual.

July 16, 2020