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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XII

29 Sep 2006

In our ongoing effort to make as entertaining and reader-friendly as possible, each Friday we’ll post a sampler of quick cigar news and stogie-related snippets to tide you over for the weekend. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

1) Will another major U.S. city bite the dust? Fascists in Houston certainly hope so. A smoking ban has already been in effect in the Space City for most workplaces since last year – including restaurants – but now a “public safety committee” is pushing to expand the hypocrisy to stand-alone bars. According to the Houston Chronicle, the entire Lone Star State may be patiently waiting to follow Houston’s lead with a statewide ban.

2) Here’s a cigar deal we’d be all over, if only we had enough humidor space. JR’s weekly special is 40 Maria Mancini De Gaulles in a wooden box – which, for some reason, looks like a birdhouse – for $60. Notwithstanding the box’s odd shape, the deal includes eight Maria Mancini Magic Mountains (we gave the Magic Mountain four out of five stogies back in May). You may want to hurry though; at last check the Maduros were already sold out.

3) CAO announced that Vice President Tim Ozgener will now be president of the company. Founder, former president, and Tim’s father – Cano Ozgener – will remain the company’s chairman. Of particular interest to Stogie Guys is Tim’s blog on the CAO website. Hopefully he won’t be too busy to update it as president.

4) Tomorrow is Cigar Artisans 2006 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. If you’re anything like us and can’t make the trip to Tampa this weekend, be sure to keep it here at – our special correspondent, George Edmonson, will have an exclusive report next week.

The Stogie Guys


4 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XII”

  1. Anonymous Friday, September 29, 2006 at 8:42 am #

    Yeah, the Maria Mancini box looks goofy, but I really like those cigars. You'd be well advised to check them out.

  2. Jake Friday, September 29, 2006 at 10:56 am #

    Are the Stogie Guys going to be at Cigar Artisans?

  3. Patrick A Friday, September 29, 2006 at 10:58 am #

    I'm afriad not. Patrick S and I both have obligations in DC this weekend that cannot be rescheduled, which is why we decided to give our tickets away. I can't wait to read George Edmonson's report and see his pictures next week, though.

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  1. The Stogie Guys » Blog Archive » Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XV - Monday, December 18, 2006

    […] 1) Three weeks ago we reported that a “public safety committee” in Houston was pushing to expand the city’s smoking ban to stand-alone bars. Well, on Wednesday the Space City fascists got their way. According to the Houston Chronicle this morning, the law does include an array of exemptions for places such as tobacco shops, cigar bars, and hotel rooms – exemptions SmokeFree Educational Services, the zealous do-gooders who pushed for the ban, would like to clear up with, you guessed it, more government regulation. […]