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: Edition 306 (12/1/18)

NOTE: The December Editor’s Corner will publish on Sunday December 2nd, 2018

Feature of the Week: Trump Administration Takes Sanctions Against Nicaraguan Leaders 

On Monday, November 27th, 2018 U.S. President Donald J. Trump an Executive Order permitting the Treasury Department to prevent individuals contributing to the violence and civil rights abuses in Nicaragua from conducting business with the United States.  So far, the Treasury Department identified Vice President Rosario Maria Murillo De Ortega (wife of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega) and Nestor Moncada Lau, who has served as a national security adviser under the Ortega regime as people subject to the sanctions. We got the details here on what this means to the cigar industry.

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 no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 150.
  • 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: State lawmakers failed to overturn Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto on raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21. As a result, the effort to raise the age has failed for now.
  • California: Six State lawmakers are seeking a ban on flavored tobacco as well as tightening online sales.


Prime Time Show

No show this week

Prime Time Special Edition

No show this week.


Prime Time

Episode 76 (12/6/18) – The Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Pre-Game show
Episode 77 (12/13/18) – TBA
Episode 78 (12/20/18) – TBA
Episode 79 (12/27/18) – Tim Wong, Pier 28 Premium Cigars

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition 44 (12/18/18): Tom Lazuka, Asylum/CLE Cigars

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