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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler LXXXIX

28 Mar 2008

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.

Baltimore Cigars1) Cigar smokers are getting hit hard as the slumping U.S. economy seems headed for a recession. Since many B&Ms get their inventories from Europe, prices are on the rise with the dollar at an all-time low to the Euro. And while total premium cigar imports increased about eight percent in 2007, holiday sales were lower than expected, casting uncertainty on 2008 shipment projections.

2) With business suffering thanks to Maryland’s smoking ban, Baltimore County tavern owners are seeking an exemption for enclosed decks, patios, and other outdoor structures of bars and restaurants. The bi-partisan bill won the support of a state Senate committee this week, but – not surprisingly – anti-tobacco zealots are up in arms. “Anything that would dismantle anything built into [the smoking ban] would be horrible,” said one “health” activist. (To think there used to be a Lord Baltimore cigar brand!)

3) Camacho Cigars is offering $2,500 and boxes of their new 10th Anniversary line as prizes for a new contest. All you have to do is create your very own Camacho commercial. More details can be found here.

4) Around the Blogs: Cigar Jack checks out an El Mejor Emerald. Cigar Inspector inspects a Camacho Corojo. Stogie Baby smokes a Tatuaje Havana. Keepers of the Flame lights up a Camacho 1962. Stogie Review reviews the Indian Tobac Split Decision Quad.

5) Deal of the Week: If you like Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia’s Tatuaje brand, you should be drooling over this “Ultimate Tatuaje Sampler.” The deal includes ten of the best (and most impossible to find) Tatuajes for just $89.99 – a bargain considering the double-digit price tag of most of these singles. You can grab yours here.

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One Response to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler LXXXIX”

  1. Chuck Anziulewicz Friday, March 28, 2008 at 3:53 am #


    "ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Members of the House Economic Matters Committee have narrowly defeated a bill that would have created an exception to the state’s new smoking ban.

    The legislation would have allowed smoking in enclosed outdoor structures at bars in Baltimore County.

    The bill failed in a 10-8 vote on Thursday.

    The bill was sponsored by Delegate Joseph Minnick, who co-owns a tavern in Dundalk. He says his tavern and others have lost business since the statewide smoking ban began Feb. 1.

    The bill was approved earlier this week by a Senate committee, but Sen. Norman Stone says he expects it will now be shelved."

    You know … I really don't care if they ban smoking in restaurants, but bars are a different matter. No one goes to a bar to be HEALTHY. People go to bars to relax, have fun, and tie one on if the occasion warrants. People don't want to have the health police looking over their shoulders when they're at their favorite bars. If I want to go someplace to be HEALTHY, I'll go to a yoga studio, thank you very much.