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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler LXVIII

2 Nov 2007

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

1) Cigar Aficionado reports that Eric M. Newman of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company was recently voted the new chairman of the Cigar Association of America. The organization, which apparently lobbies for stogie smokers’ rights, certainly has its work cut out. We’re hoping Mr. Newman can get the industry back on track.

Cigar Heritage Festival2) If you’re considering a trip to the Tampa area, you might want to arrange your schedule for Nov. 17 to enjoy Ybor City’s ninth annual Cigar Heritage Festival. Admission is free with suggested donations earmarked for the Ybor City Museum Society. The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature representatives from Fuente, Rocky Patel, Thompson, Camacho, 601, and others. Festivities also include a beer garden, dominoes, entertainment, and cigar rollings.

3) Add a horrifically invasive smoking ban to the list of reasons never to visit Oakland, California. Thanks to a Draconian city council, it is now illegal to smoke in ATM lines, parks, bus stops, and – get this – municipal golf courses. Is this supposed to be a joke? Who do these bans protect?

4) While presidential frontrunners Hillary and Rudy both support the failed Cuban embargo, constitutionalist candidate Ron Paul is coming down hard on the 45-year-old policy. In a recent column, Dr. Paul wrote that “it is Americans who live in a free country, and as free people we should choose who to buy from or where to travel, not our government.”

5) Around the Blogs: Cigar Command has a Padrón 1964. Matt smokes a Fuente Don Carlos No. 4. Velvet Cigar tries a Coronado by La Flor. Brian smokes a Hemingway Classic. Cigar Jack reviews a La Flor Double Ligero. Keepers of the Flame lights up a La Aurora Preferidos.

6) Deal of the Week: If you’re as impressed by Don “Pepin” Garcia’s cigars as we are, then you’ll want to try his latest creation: the Troya Classico XVIII. has five-packs for just $29.95 that usually run $45. Grab yours here (and you might also want to check out their eight-Pack Sampler).

The Stogie Guys

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One Response to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler LXVIII”

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