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 30 Edition 283 (6/16/18)

Nicaraguan Crisis

Below are the latest developments in the Nicaraguan Crisis over the past week:

In Memoriam

This week the cigar industry lost two big figures:

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 Rep. Neal Dunn [R-Florida] was added as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now 145.
  • 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.
  • California: The city of San Francisco has banned the sale of flavored tobacco.
  • FDA: The cigar industry is planning on appealing the District of Columbia’s Court Ruling on Warning Labels in favor of the FDA.


Agile Cigar Reviews

Feature Stories

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 56 we featured an all-star industry panel discussion with Hector Alfonso Sr of Espinosa Cigars, Skip Martin of RoMa Craft Tobac, and Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco.& Trust.

Prime Time Special Edition

This week for Special Edition #33 we discussed Beyond the Comfort Zone, and covered the situation in Nicaragua as well as the deaths of Cano Ozgener and Eric Hanson

Cutters Sixth Anniversary Broadcast

We also did a live remote at Cutters Cigar & Spirits Sixth Anniversary Celebration. Our featured guests included José Ortega of My Father Cigars, Heather Callahan of Felix Assoiline Cigars, Russ Sutton of Cutters Cigar and Spirits, and Abe Dababneh of KMA Talk Radio.

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Prime Time

Episode 57 (6/21/18): Matt Booth, Room 101 Cigars

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition 34 (6/19/18): Glynn Loope, Cigar Rights of America

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