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 36 Edition 289 (8/4/18)


Feature of the Week: Altria’s Comments on the ANPRM to Premium Cigars

This week a controversy ensued Cigar Aficionado article brought forward from comments submitted by Altria in regards to the Advanced Notice of Public Rulemaking (ANPRM) for premium cigars. The comments are controversial because Nat Sherman is an operating company within the giant tobacco conglomerate of Altria who has taken a pro-regulation position on tobacco. We had some thoughts on this which includes links to the podcast discussions we had on this topic.

IPCPR Reports

This week we published The Full 2018 IPCPR Post-Game Report, an in-depth look back at IPCPR.

We continued our IPCPR Spotlight Series:

We also filed the following reports.  We will be filing more reports over the next several weeks.

Other 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 no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 145.
  • U.S. SenateS.294 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 564. This week Sen. John Barasso [R-Wyoming] was added as co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now 22.
  • 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 94.
  • FDA: The agency announced planned initiatives around Premarket Review Process
  • Massachusetts: The tobacco purchase age is being raised to 21

Editor’s Corner

This month’s editorial was entitled “Who is Rick Ross?

Prime Time Show

For Episode 61, Matt Booth was our special guest. In our Debonaire Ideal segment, we covered renting a house as an option in Las Vegas. Finally our Deliberation Segment, we covered the controversy around Altria’s ANPRM comments.

Please see our note on the status of Episode 60.

Prime Time Special Edition

For Special Edition #36, we had an IPCPR Post Game Repot.


Prime Time

Episode 62 (8/9/18): Fred Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company
Episode 62 (8/16/18): To Be Confirmed
Episode 62 (8/23/18): Justo Eiroa, JRE Tobacco Company

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition #37 (7/31/18): TBA
Special Edition #38 (8/28/18): Scott Pearce, IPCPR

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