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 25 (Edition 174 5/14/16)

Feature of the Week: Continuing Expanded Coverage of the Pending FDA Regulation of Premium Cigars

It was the worst case scenario the cigar industry feared as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced how it intends premium cigars. As a part what the regulations, there was no exception carved out for premium cigars. This past week we continued our coverage on this.

Call to Action

There are two new petitions, one for Congress and one to the White House. Click here for more details.

FDA Primer

This is intended to be an educational guide to what the regulations mean. This is an on-going body of work as there are still many unclear items. We will be adding more content in the upcoming days.

Reaction from the Industry

Other News

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-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 163.
  • 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, one new co-sponsor, Thomas Massie [R-Kentucky] signed on as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors remains at 53.
  • Illinois: The bill to raise the State’s Smoking Age to 21 failed in the Senate.


Agile Cigar Reviews

Stogie Geeks

For Episode 186 we welcomed Nestor Miranda and Jason Wood of Miami Cigar and Company. Our Debonaire Ideal segment was on Secondary Cigar bands and we had our Smokes of the Week which included:

We published Episode 185 – which included:

Stogie Geeks News

This week we gave our initial analysis on the regulations published by the FDA.

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Stogie Geeks Shorts

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