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 50 (Edition 251 11/4/17)

Feature of the Week:  Terence Reilly Departs Quesada Cigars

In a surprise announcement, Terence Reilly announced he is stepping down as General Manager of Quesada Cigars and is departing the company.

News and Previews


Agile Cigar Reviews

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 two new sponsors were added including Tom Rice [R-South Carolina] and Barry Loudermilk [R-Georgia]. The total number of sponsors is now 134.
  • 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 18.
  • 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 88.
  • FDA: The agency has responded back to the Cigar Industry’s motion for a partial injunction and summary judgment.
  • New Jersey: The new smoking age in the State is now age 21. It went into effect this past week.

Editor’s Corner

Cigar Coop Coffee Collection

Reminder, 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 broadcasted live from La Zona Palooza for Episode 28.  Our guests included: Erik Espinosa (Espinosa Cigars), Hector Alfonso (Espinosa Cigars), Courtney Smith (Cornelius & Anthony), Bill Ives (Cubariqueño Cigar Company), Danny Ditkowich (La Sirena Cigars), Tim Wong (Pier 28 Cigars), and Eric Guttormson (Cigar Dojo).

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

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Episode 29 (11/9/17): Jeff Borysiewicz, Corona Cigar Company
Episode 30 (11/16/17): Ian Reith, Dapper Cigars
Episode 31 (11/21/17): Oliver Nivaud, United Cigars *Tuesday Show*
Episode 32 (11/30/17): Carson Serino, Serino Cigar Company
Episode 33 (12/5/17): The 2017 Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Pre-Game Analysis
Episode 34 (12/14/17): Ram Rodriguez, El Artista

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