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.

Cigar Industry Report: Edition 338 (7/20/19)


Feature of the Week: José Blanco Departs E.P. Carrillo

The legendary José Blanco, who had been serving as a Senior Vice President of E.P. Carrillo is departing the company. We’ve got the details here.

Feature of the Week: Comment Period Concludes Around FDA’s Draft Guidance for Substantial Equivalence

The period opened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to solicit comments around the Draft Guidance has concluded. Comments have been submitted by various groups including: Cigar Rights of America, Cigar Association of America, the Premium Cigar Association, and a group of six large manufacturers. We will have more details and analysis this week on Cigar Coop.

2019 IPCPR Product Reports:

2019 IPCPR Spotlight

Other News

Legislative News

  • U.S. Senate: S.9 is a proposed piece of legislation that calls for an exemption from FDA Regulation for premium handmade cigars. This week Senator Rick Scott [R-Florida] was added as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now at 15.
  • U.S. House of Representatives: H.R.1854 is the House Companion Bill to S.9. This week Glenn Thompson [R-Pennsylvania], Rob Estes [R-Kansas] and Kelly Armstrong [R-North Dakota] were added as co-sponsors. The total number of sponsors is now at 76.
  • FDA:  Maryland Judge Paul Grimm has set the deadline for Substantial Equivalence applications to be May 12, 2020. This is the result of a recent court ruling that a group of health organizations filed challenging the timetable the FDA put in place for Substantial Equivalence – throwing out the August 8, 2021, date set by former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. The cigar industry has filed a motion to appeal this ruling.
  • New York: The State has raised the tobacco purchase age to 21.
  • Ohio: Governor Mike DeWine has signed a budget bill that raises the tobacco purchase age to 21.

Prime Time Show

On Episode 102 of the Prime Time Show, we had Industry Panel #6 as we welcomed Miguel Schoedel and Jack Toraño to the show.

Prime Time Special Edition

This week on Special Edition #56 we had out  Special Edition IPCPR Post Game Show

Prime Time Bonus

We published our interview with Francisco Batista, Master Blender for Royal Agio Cigars recorded at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show


Prime Time

Episode 103 (7/25/19): Juan Martinez, Joya de Nicaragua
Episode 104 (8/1/19): Alan Rubin, Alec Bradley Cigar Company

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition #57 (7/23/19): Desert Rose Show w/ Robert Holt

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