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 39 (Edition 240 8/19/17)

Feature of the Week:  Department of Justice Ends Operation Choke Point 

Operation Choke Point, a controversial initiative started under the Obama Administration that denied financial services to businesses it deemed “high risk” has ended. We have the details here.

Feature of the Week: Decision on Motion by Six Health Organizations to Intervene as Defendants on Industry Lawsuit Deferred

A U.S. district court has ruled that it will defer a decision on a motion filed by six health organizations to Intervene as Defendants in FDA Lawsuit filed by the CAA, CRA, and IPCPR until September 4th. This follows recent activity where the trade associations opposed such a move while the FDA took a neutral stance.

Feature of the Week: Cigar Coop Celebrates Seven Year Anniversary

On August 15, 2010, Cigar Coop celebrated its seventh year in operation. This week, we did a feature story entitled “ Seven for Seven – The Seven Best Cigar Coop Moments of the Past Seven Years

If you want to read our first article, check out “Worth it for an Iced Coffee?

IPCPR 2017 Reports

We continued our post IPCPR coverage. Be sure to follow our 2017 IPCPR Digest for our full coverage.

This week we had the following feature stories:

This week we filed the following reports:

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 one new co-sponsor, Robert Brady [D-Pennsylvania], was added. The total number of sponsors is now 122.
  • 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 86.


Cigar Coop Coffee Collection

We have partnered with Layne Coffee to offer two unique coffee blends. We have the details here. You can also order your coffee here,.

Prime Time Show

This week, we welcomed on Episode 17 Kevin Schweitzer, Rock-A-Feller Cigars. In our Debonaire Ideal segment, we did something called “Debonaire Deliberation”. In our regular Deliberation Segment, we discussed the Boutique Cigar industry forming an association.

Prime Time Special Edition

On Special Edition #9 “Call It a Comeback“, we looked at people in the cigar industry who left only to return, and we discussed some baseball.

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Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Episode 18 (8/24/17) Robert Holt, Southern Draw Cigars
Episode 19 (8/31/17) Charlie Minato, Halfwheel
Episode 20 (9/7/17) Tom Lazuka, Asylum Cigars
Episode 21 (9/14/17) TBD
Episode 22 (9/21/17): Ryan Frailing, Island Lifestyle Importers
Episode 23 (9/28/17): TBD
Episode 24 (10/5/17): Enrique Seijas, Matilde Cigars

On this date August 19th…