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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CX

25 Jul 2008

In our ongoing effort to make StogieGuys.com as entertaining and informative as possible, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other snippets of interest. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

1) It was announced on Wednesday that computer tycoon Bill Gates and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are teaming up to “combat the global tobacco epidemic.” The pair is giving $500 million to developing nations to “implement proven policies and increase funding for tobacco control.”

2) Red tape is keeping struggling Maryland establishments from obtaining elusive exemption waivers to override the state’s oppressive smoking ban. So far only eleven have applied, and only three have been granted, because of the legal fees, accountants, and documents required to file, say business owners.

3) Correction and Amplification: In a review this week several readers commented on the prices listed for the Tatuaje Black and the Opus X. In response, George E did some follow up reporting and has written an update regarding the prices. It can be read here.

4) Inside the Industry: Drew Newman let us know that the Julius Caesar we referenced in last week’s Inside the Industry will not be part of the Diamond Crown Maximus line, but rather a new extension of the Diamond Crown line. Ashton Cigars is releasing a new Nicaraguan version of its La Aroma de Cuba line made by the prolific Don Pepin Garcia to be called the Edición Especial. Imperial Tobacco Group, the world’s fourth largest tobacco company and now owner of Altadis, said this week that U.S. and European cigar sales—particularly premiums—are being hurt by smoking bans and economic slowdown.

5) Around the Blogs: Keepers of the Flame continues its vertical tasting of the Padrón line with the Churchill. Stogie Review reviews the CAO LX2. Cigar Jack lights up a Don Pepin Cuban Classic. Cigar Spy pans the Fuente Anejo Shark.

6) Deal of the Week: Cuban Crafters has more specials online. Particularly notable is the Don Kiki Brown Label Toros, which are available at the incredible price of $39.99 for a box of 25. See all the deals here.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: NY Times

Drew Estate

4 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CX”

  1. dmjones Friday, July 25, 2008 at 4:04 am #

    "Global tobacco epidemic?" I think it's about time someone start a crusade against liberal fascist do-gooders who have too much money and way too much time on their hands!

  2. Jon N. Friday, July 25, 2008 at 5:58 am #

    "Tobacco epidemic" and "tobacco control" are phrases that really don't sit well with me. Trying to couch tobacco in the phraseology of infectious disease is an insult to both tobacco smokers and actual disease sufferers.

    Tobacco is a legal consumer product that people freely choose to smoke. It's a pretty far cry from an "epidemic," or from an infection or outbreak requiring "control."

  3. Mike Friday, July 25, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    @Jon N.

    I agree that it insults disease sufferers. People choose to smoke. People don't choose to get multiple sclerosis.

    Plus, it's doesn't spread like an epidemic. If I smoke a cigar in a room full of non smokers, they're not going to suddenly rip through a pack of cigarettes the next morning.

    Smoking: The non-contagious epidemic.

  4. Jon N. Friday, July 25, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    I think the media need to declare a ten-year moratorium on use of the word "epidemic" in nonmedical context. We have our drug "epidemics," our tobacco "epidemics," our drunk-driving "epidemics," our gang violence "epidemics," our illiteracy "epidemics," and so forth. It's getting a little silly at this point. Come up with a more suitable and less hysterical word for nonmedical problems. "Epidemic" has a very specific meaning, and that meaning is being lost or diluted through widespread misuse. In fact, we might even say we've got an epidemic epidemic on our hands.