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.

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 5, Number 18 (Edition 167 3/26/16)

Feature of the Week: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2016 Announced

Cigar Aficionado broke the news this past week around the details of the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2016. This is the seventh installment of this annual limited production series. This year’s edition features a new blend, a single size, and a new look.

News and Previews 

Legislative News

  • Senate Bill S. 441: S. 441 is the Senate Bill to gain an exemption from the FDA on premium cigars. This week, no new co-sponsors were added.  The total sponsor count remains at 21.
  • House Bill HR 662: H.R. 662 is House Bill to gain an exemption from the FDA on premium cigars. This week no new co-sponors signed on. The total number of sponsors remains at 162.
  • House Bill 2058:  H.R. 2058 is the House Bill to change the effective date for cigars subject to FDA regulation from 2007 to 21 months following any proposed regulations are put into effect. This week, no new co-sponsors signed on The total number of sponsors remains at 52.
  • California: Tobacco lobbyists are still stalling the sweeping anti-tobacco bill from being sent to Governor Jerry Brown. This includes raising the state’s smoking age to 21.
  • Nebraska: A proposed tobacco tax increased was rejected by the Revenue Committee.


Agile Cigar Reviews

Stogie Geeks

For Episode 180 we welcomed Alex Hirsch of Evil Genius Cigars to our studio. Our Debonaire Ideal segment was on “When is a Cigar Ready to Smoke?” and we had our Smokes of the Week which included:

We published Episode 179 – which included:

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