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 28 Edition 281 (6/2/18)

Feature of the Week: Pan American Highway Blockades Impacting Nicaragua 

Over the past week, a series of blockades on key highways in Nicaragua has started to occur. These blockades are a result of on-going protests in Nicaragua going on against President Daniel Ortega’s government. Perhaps of most interest to those who cover the cigar industry is a blockade that is now occurring on the Pan American Highway on the southern end of the city of Estelí. We’ve got the details here.

News and Previews

A very light week in Cigar 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 Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-Florida] was added as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now 144.
  • 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 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.
  • Illinois: The proposed bill to raise the Smoking Age to 21 has passed a vote by the State House and is now heading to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk. (* This is a corrected story *)
  • OMB: 33 Congressmen have written to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an extension of the ANPRM on premium cigars and a delay in the implementation of warning labels.


Agile Cigar Reviews

Editor’s Corner

  • This month’s editorial is “May Days“.

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

For Episode 54 we welcomed back Juan Cancel & Bill Ives of Cubariqueño Cigar Company. We caught up on all of the latest happenings with the Protocol line of cigars. Plus in our Debonaire Ideal segment, Juan demonstrated how to make his signature Old Fashioned. In our Deliberation segment, the subject of cigar reviews comes up again.

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Prime Time

Episode 55 (6/7/18): Scott Weeks, Recluse Cigar Company

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition TBD (6/19/18): Glynn Loope, Cigar Rights of America

On this date June 2nd