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 27 (Edition 176 5/28/16)

Cigar Coop / Stogie Geeks News

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Feature of the Week: CAA, CRA, and IPCPR Pledge Unified Front Against FDA

Yesterday, the three major trade associations in the Cigar Industry issued a joint statement pledging unity in the battle against the FDA. The letter was issued by the Cigar Association of America (CAA), Cigar Rights of America (CRA), and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Reailers (IPCPR). We got the details here.

Other News

A second E-Liquid Company has filed a lawsuit against the FDA around its regulations.

On Going Coverage

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, one new co-sponsor, Earl Carter [R-Georgia] was added. The total number of sponsors is now 165
  • 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, four new co-sponsors, John Duncan Jr [R-Tennessee], Bill Huizinga [R-Michigan], Adrian Smith [R-Nebraska] and Gus Bilirakis [R-Florida] signed on as co-sponsors. The total number of sponsors is now 59
  • New Jersey: The bill to ban smoking on State beaches has once again passed through the legislature. It has been sent to Governor Chris Christie who vetoed it last time. Meanwhile the bill to raise the State’s smoking age to 21 has cleared a Senate vote and now is heading to the State Assembly.
  • West Virginia: The House of Delegates rejected a proposal to hike the State’s tobacco taxes.


Stogie Geeks

For Episode 188 we welcomed Aaron Loomis of Developing Palates. Our Debonaire Ideal was on Cigar Scoring nd we had our Stogies of the Week which included:

Stogie Geeks News

On the May 27th edition we featured the Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown, Matilde Quadrata, and Altadis USA’s Por Larranaga.

On this date May 28th…