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 7, Number 10 (Edition 263 1/27/18)

Remembering Gary Laden

Gary”Doc” Laden, founder and host of the Smooth Draws Radio Show passed away in Atlanta, Georgia at 4:10 am on Friday 1/26/18. He was 65 years old. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family.

News and Previews


Agile Cigar Review

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 Colleen Hanabusa [D-Hawaii} signed on as co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors remains is now 141.
  • 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 19.
  • 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 91.
  • Health and Human Services: The U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Alaska: The State House will vote on a bill that will ban smoking in bars, restaurants, and public spaces. The bill has already passed the Senate.
  • Washington: The State legislature is again revisiting raising the Smoking Age to 21.

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 for Episode 40, we welcomed Miguel Schoedel, National Sales Manager at Crowned Heads as our special guest. In our Debonaire Ideal segment, we talked Baseball with Miguel. Finally, in our Deliberation Segment, we reviewed Miguel’s Ten Commandments for Cigars.

Prime Time Special Edition

This week we brought the annual “Big Game Show” to Prime Time Special Edition #20. We broke down the big matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots with La Flor Dominicana’s Jonathan Carney.

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

No Show 2/1/18
Episode 41 (2/8/18): Andre Farkas, Viaje Cigars
Episode 42 (2/15/18): Nick Syris, LH Cigars
No Show 2/22/18
Episode 43 (3/1/18): Michael Giannini, Ventura Cigar Company
Episode 44 (3/8/18): Mo Maali, Patina Cigars

Special Edition #20 (1/23/18): “Big Game Edition” with Jonathan Carney
Special Edition #21 (2/6/18): Omar de Frias, Fratello Cigars
Special Edition TBD (3/27/18): MLB Baseball Preview

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