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 8 am Eastern Time.


Cigar Industry Report: Volume 6, Number 33 (Edition 234 7/8/17)

Feature of the Week: Matt Booth Returns to the Cigar Industry

Matt Booth‘s hiatus from the cigar business is over. This week it was announced that  Matt Booth would be returning to the industry. Initially, Booth will collaborate on two releases with his friend Robert Caldwell. We got the details here.

IPCPR 2017 Pre Game

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. We published Part 2 of our IPCPR Pre-Game Report: “The Trends to Watch“.

These are some of our IPCPR Pre-Game reports of things to expect at this year’s show.

Other News

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 at 118.
  • U.S. SenateS.294 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 564. This week no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 16.
  • 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 no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 77.
  • Delaware: As part of a 4.1 Billion State budget, the tax on Other Tobacco Products has increased from 15 to 30 percent of the Wholesale price.
  • Oregon: The Oregon House passed Senate Bill 754 by a 39-to-20 vote that would raise the State’s Smoking Age to 21. The state will become the third in the U.S. to raise the minimum smoking age to 21 as once Governor Kate Brown signs the bill.


Feature Story

Editor’s Corner

Prime Time Show

For Episode 13, Skip Martin and Mike Rosales of RoMa Craft Tobac were our special guests. We talked BBQ in our Debonaire Ideal Segment, In our Deliberation Segment we had a variety of topics including discussing the sale of Cigar Federation.

Prime Time Special Edition

For Special Edition #6, we welcomed Mel Shah of Bombay Tobak. We also discussed the “Five Biggest Cigar Industry Stores” Feature Story published on Cigar Coop.

Prime Time Schedule

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

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

IPCPR Trade Show 7/10-7/14/17 – No Shows

Episode 14 (7/20/17): Tim Cavenagh and Justin Gao Mathson Hansen, Alpha Cigar Company

Special Edition #7 (7/21/17): TBD
Episode 15 (7/27/17): Paul Stulac, Paul Stulac Cigars
Episode 16 (8/3/17): Bryan Mussard, Cattle Baron Cigars

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