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 351 (10/19/19)

Feature of the Week: Judge Rules Against Cigar Industry in Delaying Substantial Equivalence Deadline

The cigar industry suffered another defeat in court when Judge Amit P Mehta of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ruled against Motion for Partial Summary Judgment filed by the cigar industry trade associations (Cigar Association of America, Cigar Rights of America, and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association) to delay the implementation of substantial equivalence which is scheduled to be enforced on May 12, 2020.  We got the details here.

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.
  • 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 remains at 79.
  • California: Governor Gavin Newson has signed a bill into law banning smoking on State Beaches and State Parks.


Prime Time Show

For Episode 114 we welcomed Casey Haugen of Crux Cigars

Prime Time Special Edition

No Show


Prime Time

Episode 115 (10/24/19): Jonathan Carney, La Flor Dominicana
Episode 115 (10/31/19): No Show

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition TBA (11/12/19): Baseball Show

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