The Cigar Industry Report is a one stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks. It is a combination of our news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week.  We will also recap what happened on our Stogie Geeks show.  Finally, each week we will look back at Cigar Coop history. Look for this report every Saturday morning at 8am Eastern time.

Feature of the Week: FDA Releases Deeming Document Announcing Regulations for Cigars

Probably the biggest discussion this week was the proposed $10.00 minimum price that will go into the definition of a premium cigar.  This seemed to get the most traction this past week.

Gary Griffith, who is known as brand developer for Emilio Cigars also runs 26 stores in the Delaware area across 4 States.  He compiled some data that shows why the $10.00 price point does not make sense.  This would greatly reduce cigars that are exempt under “Option 2” of the FDA’s proposed regulations 

We decided to keep as our feature for another week as there is important information for every cigar enthusiast here.

We also recommend some of the following in regards to the FDA:

Cigar Media Association Member, Blind Man’s Puff has some guidance on how to respond comments to the FDA Deeming Rule.

Stogie Guys has done the best work in terms of breaking down the Deeming Rule and providing feedback.  Be sure to check out their primer on What the FDA Deeming Document Means to Cigars and their commentary of the proposed $10.00 Floor.

News and Previews.

Legislative News

Feature Story
We took a closer look at the Old School Cigars line by La Sirena.  These are the cigars added to La Sirena as a result of the company’s acquisition of Old School Cigars.
Editor’s Corner
This month’s column focuses on some of the unique differentiators of Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks.
Stogie Geeks Episode 93
This week, Global Premium Cigars, CEO Enrique Sanchez Icaza was our special guest on Episode 93 of Stogie Geeks.  Sanchez dialed in for the interview as we held a live event for his flagship 1502 Cigars line.  We also covered our smokes of the week, and featured a segment on “Morning, Midday, and Evening Smokes”.

This weeks smokes of the week included:

Debonaire Belicoso & Toro
601 La Bomba Warhead
Arturo Fuente Don Arturo Gran Aniversario Destino Al Siglo Robusto
Ashton Cabinet Selection No. 1 Connecticut Perfecto
Avo XO Maestoso Tubos
Cabaiguan Guapos RX Natural 
El Rey del Mundo Perfecto
Fuente Heavy Hitters
Illusione MK (Mark Jr)
Illusione MK (Paul)
Leccia Luchador El Hombre by Leccia Tobacco (Pre Release)
Merlion by La Sirena Sea Lion Maduro
Montecristo Epic Vintage 2007 Toro
Royal Gold Kismet
San Cristobal Clasico
Viaje Plata Lancero (Part of the Viaje Trifecta)
WCD 127 Tatuaje Limited Edition

On this date May 3rd…