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 23 (Edition 276 4/28/18)

Feature of the Week: Violence Erupts in Nicaragua

A series of protests in Nicaragua that have turned violent reached the city of Estelí. Two university students in the city of Estelí were killed during the protests. The protests started after Nicaragua’s National Social Security Institute (INSS) instituted an increase in the contribution required by employees and employers and rekindled the controversial Pension Plan. Meanwhile, the State Department announced it is reducing embassy staff in Nicaragua.

News and Previews

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 143.
  • 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 20.
  • 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 93.
  • Illinois: The State Senate approved a bill to raise the smoking age to 21. The bill now goes to the State House for a vote.


Agile Cigar Reviews

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

No Show this week.

Prime Time Show Schedule

This week for Special Edition #29, we interviewed Christian Eiroa of C.L.E Cigar Company in Miami, Florida. Plus we did an “extra cut” with Asylum Cigars’ Tom Lazuka.

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Prime Time

Episode 51 (5/3/18): Steve Saka, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Episode 52 (5/10/18): Juan Lopez, Gurkha Cigars
Episode 53 (5/17/18): The Drew Estate Barn Smoker Pre Game Show w/Jeff Borysiewicz – Live from Orlando, Florida

5/24/18: No Show

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition #30: TBA

On this date April 28th