cigars

Villiger Launching New Brazilian Puros

Villiger Launching New Brazilian Puros

Villiger Cigars is about to unveil a new line of handmade cigars made entirely from Brazilian tobacco. Dubbed Villiger do Brasil, the new brand comes in two varieties, Claro and …

January 21, 2020
Trinidad Esmeraldas Reach Global Markets

Trinidad Esmeraldas Reach Global Markets

Cuban Trinidad Esmeraldas are shipping to retailers around the world.

January 21, 2020
Fuente To Release Rare Hemingways and Fuente Fuente OpusX At PCA Show

Fuente To Release Rare Hemingways and Fuente Fuente OpusX At PCA Show

Fuente has just upped its support for the PCA trade show. This afternoon, the company announced that it would release a series of rare cigars that will only be available at the …

January 17, 2020
Ashton Ships New Version of Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial

Ashton Ships New Version of Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial

Ashton Distributors Inc. is shipping out reblended, repackaged and stronger versions of La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial, a line extension of the Aroma de Cuba brand.

January 13, 2020
Win a Free Box of the 2019 Cigar of the Year

Win a Free Box of the 2019 Cigar of the Year

A box of Cigar Aficionado’s 2019 Cigar of the Year can be yours, and all you have to do is enter our Top 25 Cigar Giveaway.

January 9, 2020
Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Nicaragua Shipping in March

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Nicaragua Shipping in March

Altadis U.S.A. has once again called on the talents of cigarmakers A.J. Fernandez and Rafael Nodal to create a new version of Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real.

January 7, 2020

cuba

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
Cuba Lawsuits Could Threaten Future Flights To Island

Cuba Lawsuits Could Threaten Future Flights To Island

American Airlines has become the first U.S. air carrier to be sued under the revived Helms Burton Act that allows legal action against companies that do business in Cuba involving …

October 1, 2019

legislation

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
Senate Confirms Hahn as New FDA Head

Senate Confirms Hahn as New FDA Head

The Senate today confirmed by a vote of 72 to 18 that Dr. Stephen Hahn will be the new commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

December 12, 2019
FDA Extends Comment Period for Cigar Approval Rule Proposal

FDA Extends Comment Period for Cigar Approval Rule Proposal

Originally set to end today, the FDA says it will continue accepting public feedback until December 16.

November 25, 2019

cigar industry

Kretek International Pulls Out of PCA

Kretek International Pulls Out of PCA

Kretek International Inc., owners of Phillips & King and Ventura Cigar Co., announced today that it won’t be attending the next PCA cigar convention.

January 22, 2020
More Cigar Companies Voice Support for PCA

More Cigar Companies Voice Support for PCA

Since the announcement that four big cigar companies were pulling out of the annual Premium Cigar Association trade show, several cigar companies and organizations have come …

January 21, 2020
Major Cigar Companies Pull out of PCA Trade Show

Major Cigar Companies Pull out of PCA Trade Show

Four of the biggest companies in the premium cigar business will not be attending the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show this summer.

January 10, 2020
Cigar Aficionado Magazine Is Hiring

Cigar Aficionado Magazine Is Hiring

Cigar Aficionado is seeking an assistant editor/assistant web manager with web and magazine experience to join its New York City staff.

January 9, 2020
STG Acquires Royal Agio for $235 Million

STG Acquires Royal Agio for $235 Million

Scandinavian Tobacco Group has completed the acquisition of Royal Agio Cigars for 210 million euros (about $235 million).

January 2, 2020
2020 Cigar Events Calendar

2020 Cigar Events Calendar

The year 2020 will be a busy one for cigar events. Many are open to consumers, while some are restricted to the trade.

December 27, 2019