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La Palina Goldie Gets Thick New Size

La Palina Goldie Gets Thick New Size

Made by a single roller at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, the newest size of La Palina Goldie is expected to start reaching retailers next month, and it is the thickest Goldie La …

October 28, 2020
CAO Vision Returns Next Month

CAO Vision Returns Next Month

On November 9, General Cigar Co. will be releasing 2,500 boxes of the CAO Vision, a limited-edition cigar that features a Cameroon wrapper and luminescent packaging similar to the …

October 26, 2020
PDR Finds Forgotten Inventory of Aged Cigars

PDR Finds Forgotten Inventory of Aged Cigars

After doing a little fall cleaning in the aging room, PDR Cigars owner Abe Flores says he found a forgotten inventory of smokes he made in 2014 for a European company, which he is …

October 22, 2020
Ramon Allones Edición Limitada 2019 Appearing Worldwide

Ramon Allones Edición Limitada 2019 Appearing Worldwide

Ever since the Cuban Ramon Allones Allones No. 2 Edición Limitada 2019 was launched in the U.K. this summer, the cigar has been slowly trickling into global markets. Here’s where …

October 21, 2020
Forbidden Fuentes Fixed For Late Fall

Forbidden Fuentes Fixed For Late Fall

If you’ve ever wondered what a Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona or PerfecXion 888 would taste like in the Rare Black blend, you can find out in the next few months. Retailers …

October 19, 2020
Fratello DMV Maduro Selection Coming Next Month

Fratello DMV Maduro Selection Coming Next Month

Fratello Cigars is releasing the third installment of its limited-edition DMV Series, the DMV Maduro Selection, and it is shipping next month.

October 16, 2020

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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
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

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

Nicaragua Cigar Industry Cancels Puro Sabor 2021 Festival

Nicaragua Cigar Industry Cancels Puro Sabor 2021 Festival

The 2021 edition of Puro Sabor, Nicaragua’s largest premium cigar celebration, has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, the country’s cigar manufacturer’s and …

October 15, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Fuente and Padrón Embark on Innovative Cigar Project to Honor Their Fathers

EXCLUSIVE: Fuente and Padrón Embark on Innovative Cigar Project to Honor Their Fathers

Arturo Fuente and Padrón—arguably the most heralded companies in the handmade cigar industry—are joining forces on a special project to honor the former patriarchs of each company.

October 9, 2020
Dealing with Covid—How One Cigar Shop Handled the Crisis

Dealing with Covid—How One Cigar Shop Handled the Crisis

For Kevin Paige, the owner of Butthead's Tobacco Emporium, closing the doors of his 4,000-square-foot cigar store was simply not an option–even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 6, 2020
ACE Prime Cigars Inks Germany Distribution Deal

ACE Prime Cigars Inks Germany Distribution Deal

Months after forming a distribution agreement with Crowned Heads LLC, ACE Prime Cigars has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Dalay Zigarren, a well-known German …

October 2, 2020
Imperial Pushes Back Closing Date For Sale of Premium Cigar Business

Imperial Pushes Back Closing Date For Sale of Premium Cigar Business

Britain’s Imperial Brands PLC announced today that the closing date for selling its cigar business would be delayed.

September 28, 2020
PCA, CRA to Host Premium Cigar Virtual Town Hall

PCA, CRA to Host Premium Cigar Virtual Town Hall

Familiar faces from the cigar industry are going online to discuss cigar legislation and recent court victories at a virtual town hall hosted by the Premium Cigar Association and …

September 18, 2020