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 43 Edition 296 (9/22/18)


Feature of the Week: Arsenio Ramos Passes Away

Arsenio Ramos, the tobacco mastermind behind the projects of Aganorsa Leaf, has passed away. He was 83. We reflected back on his life.

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 Mac Thornberry [R-Texas] was added as co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now 149.
  • 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.
  • Canada: The city of Montreal is considering raising the smoking age to 21.
  • Cigar Rights of America: The organization wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for support in the battle against regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • New Jersey: State Senator Shirley Turner is looking to expand the state’s outdoor smoking ban to racetracks, marinas, boardwalks, historical parks, amusement parks, and other sports recreational facilities.


Agile Cigar Review

Feature Story

We published the IPCPR report “Spotlight on Five Companies that “Held the Line” at the 2018 IPCPR

Prime Time Show

On Episode 67, Wily Herrera, Master Blender of Drew Estate was our special guest. We will have the replay up shortly.

Prime Time Special Edition

No show this week


Prime Time

Episode 69 (9/27/18): Steve Saka and Dave Garofalo
Episode 70 (10/4/18): The Camacho Show
Episode 71 (10/11/18): Brady Hayek, Jeremy Jack Cigars
Episode 72 (10/18/18): To Be Announced
Episode 73 (10/25/18): To Be Announced
Episode 74 (11/1/18): Lice from La Zona Palooza 2018

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition 40 (10/1/18): The MLB Post Season Show
Special Edition 41 (10/9/18): Monsters Series/Arsenio Ramos
Special Edition 42 (10/23/18): Enrique Seijas, Matilde Cigars

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