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 393 (8/8/20)


The Headlines

Ten Years of Cigar Coop

On August 15, 2020, Cigar Coop will mark its ten-year anniversary. In the ten weeks leading up to the event, we are publishing a ten-part series looking back at the history of Cigar Coop. This week we published the seventh installment.

Nat Sherman Shutting Down in September

After over 90 years, Nat Sherman International will exit the cigar business. Nat Sherman announced that at the end of September 2020, it will cease operation of its wholesale cigar business and close its flagship Nat Sherman Townhouse store in midtown New York. We’ve got the details here.

FDA Proposes Potential Deferment Program for Premium Cigar Companies to File for SE

September 9th is the deadline premium cigar companies had been given to file for Substantial Equivalence to keep non-predicate (non-grandfathered) products on the market. This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to Judge Paul Grimm of the U.S. District Court of Maryland outlining a plan that includes an option for companies to request a deferment for filing for Substantial Equivalence (SE) and again reopening the question of how premium cigars should be regulated. We have the details here.

The News

Summer of ’20 Coverage

We will be replacing our normal IPCPR/PCA Pre-Game Coverage with “Summer of ’20 Coverage.” This will focus on the products many cigar companies plan to release this summer.

Summer of ’20 Spotlights

This Week’s Coverage

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 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 85.

Cigar Reviews


Features and Blog

The Blog

Prime Time Podcasts

Prime Time Show

Prime Time Special Edition

Prime Time Jukebox

  • No Show This Week

Upcoming Schedule

8/10: Prime Time Jukebox Episode 16: Album Archaeology #3: The Unforgettable Fire
8/11 : Prime Time Special Edition 82: Cynthia Fuente-Suarez, Arturo Fuente Cigars
8/12: Prime Time Episode 151: Rick Rodriguez, General Cigar Co.

On This Date…

On this date Aug 8th.