The Cigar Industry Report is a one-stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop. It is a combination of the news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. In addition, 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 28 (Edition 229 6/3/17)


Feature of the Week: Altadis U.S.A. Adding Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

It’s the fifth release by A.J. Fernandez for the brands under Tabacalera USA. This week details were announced on the Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez. This is a cigar that will be showcased at the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show.

IPCPR 2017

Our 2017 IPCPR Digest is live. You can follow-up on all of our reports leading up to the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show opening July 10th in Las Vegas.

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 no new co-sponsors were added The total number of sponsors remains at 110.
  • U.S. SenateS.294 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 564. This week no new co-sponsors signed on. The total number of sponsors remains at 15.
  • House Bill 1136: H.R. 1136 is the legislation to change the Grandfather Date for Deeming Tobacco products subject to FDA Regulation from February 15, 2017 to 21 days after enactment of the regulations. This week eight new co-sponsors was added – Jeff Fortenberry [R-Nebraska], David Rouzer [R-North Carolina], Kyrsten Simena [D-Arizona], Bradley Byrne [R-Alabama], Scott Taylor [R-Virginia], Bill Flores [R-Texas], Steve King [R-Iowa], and Bennie Thompson [D-Mississippi]. The total sponsor count is now 71.
  • New Jersey: A State Assembly panel has voted in favor of raising the Smoking Age to 21. This is now going to the full Assembly. If passed it goes to Governor Chris Christie’s desk where he has vetoed the measure twice in the past.


Editor’s Corner 

This week we continued to chronicle the launch of Cigar Coop as a standalone entity with “The Journey Continues“.

Prime Time Show

For Episode 8, James Brown, the man behind Black Label Trading Company, Black Works Studio, and Fabrica Oveja Negra was our special guest. In our Debonaire Ideal segment we talked “Off Road Excursions”, and in our Deliberation Segment we look at what might happen if President Trump reverses course on President Obama’s Cuban policy.

Prime Time Special Edition #2 

This installment was entitled “Cross Road“. It discusses

Prime Time Schedule

Our shows are available on YouTube, Podbean, iTunes, Tune In Radio, and Google Play.

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Episode 9 (6/8/17): Riste Riatevski, JSK Cigars, Tom Person (Special Co-Host)
Special Edition #3 (6/13/17): Gabriel Alvarez, Casa Cuevas Cigars
Episode 10 (6/15/17): Bryan Mussard, Cattle Baron Cigars
Episode 11 (6/22/17): Claudio Sgroi, Mombacho Cigars
Episode 12 (6/29/17): Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, Cubariqueño Cigar Company

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