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 348 (9/28/19)

Feature of the Week: Tommy Zman Out at CigarAdvisor and Famous Smoke Shop 

Last week, Thomas Zarzecki Jr aka Tommy Zman, best known for his work at Cigar Advisor and spokesperson for Famous Smoke Shop was fired from those positions. This was followed up by a report that he allegedly sent a threatening email to an employee at Famous. This story was reported by Lehigh Valley Live. Neither Famous nor Cigar Advisor has commented on the story, although Zarzecki is no longer listed on the Cigar Advisor staff as a contributor. Cigar Advisor is a media arm for Famous Smoke Shop.

News and Previews

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 no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 15. Meanwhile Senator Dick Durbin [D-Illinois] has introduced S. 2519 that proposes a large tobacco tax increase that would include premium cigars.
  • U.S. House of Representatives: H.R.1854 is the House Companion Bill to S.9. This week no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors is now at 79.
  • California: Both Los Angeles County and Burbank have passed preliminary votes banning flavored tobacco products.
  • Maryland: Delegate Dereck Davis has stated he is drafting legislation to ban all flavored tobacco products.
  • Ohio: CRA has penned a letter to the City of Dayton protesting its Employment Policy around smokers and nicotine users


Agile Cigar Reviews

Feature Story

Prime Time Show

For Episode 111, we welcomed Erik Wentworth of Hammer + Sickle Cigars as our special guest..

Prime Time Special Edition

For Special Edition #61 we featured a 7-20-4 Gordo vs. Lancero Showdown.


Prime Time

Episode 111 (9/21/19): Erik Wentworth, Hammer + Sickle Cigars

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition 61 (9/26/19): 7-20-4 Gordo vs. Lancero Showdown

On this date Sept 21