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The Science is Settled

You hear that a lot when the other side talks about tobacco.  But is it really?  Remember when ulcers were thought to be caused by spicy food and instead were the result of bacteria that simple antibiotics could cure?  Well … Read More

Legendary

John Starks is a former all-star with the NBA.  Growing up in Oklahoma, he first played for Golden State then it was onto the New York Knicks and the All Star team.  Starks retired in 2002 and was the … Read More

Bubba’s Smokes

Bill Clinton has been out of office now for almost a generation (14 years) but still in the limelight of course.   He is known as someone who smokes cigars (as seen in this photo from Reuters in 1999) … Read More

Camacho

One of the newer things at the Davidoff booth was the recently released Camacho Ecuador. The cigar with the blue band and box actually came out just before the show, but it was prominently featured at … Read More

See you in Court

One thing is pretty clear about the FDA…no matter what they rule, there will be court cases.  For one thing, Altria—the cigarette maker Philip Morris—is concerned that the FDA control may force them to change the name of one … Read More

FDA marches on

The FDA is going through the comments now and last week in talking with Glynn Loope about the comments submitted, he told me that on the last day the Cigar Rights of America group delivered about 40 pounds of letters.  … Read More

Black Abyss

Speaking of Jochy Blanco, he has been a busy man.  Not only does he make all of Boutique Blends cigars, but he also is making his cousin Jose Blanco’s Señoral line of cigars. (Yes they are both … Read More

More Boutiques

Boutique Blends at the show had several interesting cigars.  If you don’t know the company you probably do know the cigars.  They are the ones behind Aging Room.  The first cigar out of that series was the M-356, which … Read More

FDA Finals

Well the comment period is now closed for the FDA’s proposed rule to take over cigars.  We don’t know how many were in favor and how many were on our side yet.  But the final count was 75,735, which is … Read More

More on FDA

The FDA says it uses science for its rulings.  But does it? Nope not a whit.  Take the e-cig deeming.  You would think there is research on e-cigs to back up the agency’s proposal.  Not so much.  You see the … Read More

Last Call

Stop posting pictures of what cigar you smoked or are smoking.  Because if you don’t get busy your cigar days will soon be gone.  We are in the last hours to submit comments to the FDA on its deeming proposal … Read More

More from the IPCPR: Prohibition

Rocky Patel  is launching several new lines.  The Super Ligero is an amped up stick which uses a Habano St. Augustin wrapper with a special hybrid called super ligero and double ligero.  Coming in four sizes from a lancero up … Read More

IPCPR, continued

Crowned Heads Jon Huber over at Crowned Heads is releasing a new line addition called Jerico Hill.  This augments the original Four Kicks, Headley Grange and J.D. Howard Reserve.  The company began only in 2011 and has … Read More

More from the IPCPR

Going through last week and the show was certainly interesting.  New people with new cigars and some old favorites.  I never did get to everyone even though things seemed quieter than normal, probably because of the bigger space we are … Read More

General Musings

Today began with the General Cigar booth.  The trip took two hours.  There is a lot to see.  Starting with Macanudo, the company is releasing another Estate Reserve.  What makes this cigar unique, aside from its … Read More

Wandering IPCPR

When you are in Vegas, you lose all sense of time.  Especially when you are walking the huge Sands convention center floor for IPCPR.  Traffic seems a bit lighter this year, but it could be due to the layout.  The … Read More

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