The Cigar Industry Report is a one stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop. It is a combination of our news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. 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 6, Number 9 (Edition 210 1/21/17)

Feature of the Week: Altria Acquires Nat Sherman

Shock-waves were sent to the premium cigar industry when it was announced that tobacco giant Cigar Altria had acquires Nat Sherman. The deal includes not only the premium cigar division, but its cigarette business, and the Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York City. Following the transaction, the Nat Sherman Townhouse had temporarily closed. Meanwhile remains closed.

Feature of the Week: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Free Samples

This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance when it comes to free samples on cigars. The guidance allows for free samples for some business to business scenarios and for free cigars involved in a monetary transaction.  We got the details here.

Cigar of the Year Countdown

This year we unveiled our #1 and #2 Cigars for 2016 and the interesting thing is that both were lanceros

The full Top 30 list can be found here.

Year in Review

This week we got into the Cigar Coop Honors and unveiled another Performance Rating analysis. Next week we wrap up our 2016 Year in Review.

News Recap

Legislative News

  • House of Representatives: H.R. 564 has been introduced that will replace H.R. 662. It has been sponsored once again by Rep. Bill Posey of Florida and Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida. The bill currently has 40 co-sponsors from the House of Representatives.
  • Illinois: A court has ruled the Chicago OTP Tax is illegal.
  • TexasSenate Bill 183 has been introduced that would raise the smoking age to 21.
  • Washington: Companion bills House Bill 1054 and  Senate Bill 5025 have been filed that propose raising the smoking age to 21.


Editor’s Corner

On this date January 21st…