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: New Releases Hit Shops

This week was a slow week for Cigar News, but three major releases made their way to retailers over the past few days.  We have covered many of these over the past few weeks

Herrera Esteli Lancero – Edicion Limitada 2014
Quesada 40th Anniversary Cigar
Sindicato by Sindicato Cigars (*)
Tatuaje Lancero Sampler
Tatuaje Tattoo Caballero

(*) Assessed below – See assessments section.

FDA Regulatory Information

The big news is the White House as responded and rejected the petition to not have have the FDA regulate premium cigars.  The response was actually authored by Mitch Zeller, Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products.  In addition, CRA has issued guidance to public comment to the proposed FDA regulations.  We have our digest below:

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

News and Previews.

Legislative News

  • FDA:  In addition to our digest above, two new sponsors, Edward Royce [R-California] and Randy Hultgren [R-IL] have signed on as co-sponsors to HR792.  The count is now at total of 155 co-sponsors (156 total sponsors).
Stogie Geeks Episode 94
We had an abbreviated version of Stogie Geeks for Episode 94.  This week’s special guest was Anwar Elboustsni, founder of El Cedro Cigars.  We did not cover Stogies of the Week or a Segment this week.

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