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 39 Edition 292 (8/25/18)


Feature of the Week

Sam Morales, Drew Estate’s Marketing Director has resigned from the company. He will assist the company in the transition period as he departs the company. Drew Estate has begun the search for a new Marketing Director. We’ve got the details here.

IPCPR Reports

We continued our IPCPR Spotlight Series:

We also filed the following reports.  We may have a couple of more of these reports, but we pretty much brought it to a close this week

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 no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 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.
  • Illinois: Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 2332 that would have raised the tobacco purchase age to 21.


Prime Time Show

For Episode 64, Justo Eiroa of JRE Tobacco Company was our special guest as we broadcasted live from Tailored Smoke in Charlotte, NC.  In our Debonaire Ideal segment we talked horses. Finally, in our Deliberation Segment, we discussed the lower end of the cigar scoring scale.

Prime Time Special Edition

On Special Edition #37. we welcomed Jason Lois, who is competing in the Cigar World Smoking Championships next week in Croatia. We got insight into the event and talked some industry talk with Jason.


Prime Time

Episode 64 (8/23/18): Justo Eiroa, JRE Tobacco Co.
Episode 65 (8/30/18): No Show
Episode 66 (9/6/18): Hand-Rolled
Episode 67 (9/13/18) Terence Reilly, Aganorsa Leaf
Episode 68 (9/20/18): To Be Announced – Guest Confirmed

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition 38 (8/28/18), Scott Pearce, IPCPR
Special Edition 39 (9/11/18): Dr. Gaby Kafie, Kafie 1901 Cigars

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