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 25 (Edition 278 5/12/18

Feature of the Week: Quesada Cigars Restructuring

The changes continue at Quesada Cigars. On Friday, the team announced a major overhaul to its executive team. We have the details here.

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 Senator Joni Ernst [R-Iowa] signed on as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now 21.
  • 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.
  • New Jersey: The state is considering once again banning smoking on public beaches.
  • Massachusetts: The State House approved a bill that would raise the smoking age to 21. The bill now heads to the Senate.
  • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones has introduced a bill that would restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.



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

On Episode 52, we welcomed Juan Lopez of Gurkha Cigars as our special guest. We also discussed cigar lighters on our Debonaire Ideal. Finally, we discussed the latest controversy around cigar box warning labels.

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 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 (5/15/18): Casey Haugen, Crux Cigar Company
Special Edition #31 (5/21/18): One Year Anniversary with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.
Special Edition #32 (5/22/18): Indianapolis 500 Preview

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