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 11 (Edition 212 2/4/17)

Feature of the Week: Drew Estate Names Jonathan Drew President 

Jonathan Drew, the co-founder of Drew Estate is back in a day to day operations role. This past week, he was named Drew Estate’s President. When Swisher International acquired Drew Estate, Drew’s role had changed to a more brand ambassador role. We got the details here.

News Recap

Legislative News

  • House of Representatives: H.R. 564 is a proposed piece of legislation that calls for an exemption from FDA Regulation for premium handmade cigars. This week 6 co-sponsors were added including: Rep Patrick Tiberi [R-Ohio], Rep Doug Collins [R-Georgia], Rep Rod Blum [R-Iowa], Rep Diane Black [R-Tennessee], Rep James Sensenbrenner [R-Wisconsin], and Rep Don Young [R-Alaska]. The total number of sponsors is now 59.
  • U.S. SenateS.294 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 564. It was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson of Florida this week and currently has ten sponsors.
  • Indiana: HB1578 includes language that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21.
  • Ohio: Governor John Katich’s new budget for a proposed 17 percent increase on the State’s OTP tax that would impact cigars.
  • Oregon: Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward has introduced legislation to raise the State’s Smoking Age to 21.
  • Virginia: Steve Landes has introduced House Bill 2220 that would allow cigar shops to serve a limited amount of alcohol.

Agile Cigar Reviews

Editor’s Corner

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