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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXVII

12 Sep 2008

In our ongoing effort to make 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) If you visit Tampa next year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a trip into cigar history at an extensive exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center (pictured). According to an article in the Tampa Tribune, the Center—scheduled to open in December—will feature displays of old ads, a recreation of the atmosphere of Ybor City in the 1920s, and audio recordings of early residents.

2) Boston is aiming to outright forbid the sale of tobacco in certain areas, including college campuses, hookah bars, and pharmacies. Cigar Aficionado reports the overzealous move “not only would force Beantown cigar bars to shut down, but also would prevent new ones from opening.”

3) On the other side of America, Walgreen Co. has filed a legal challenge in California state court against a San Francisco ordinance that bans tobacco sales in drug stores. The pharmacy chain “alleges the new law is anticompetitive and unconstitutional, because it doesn’t ban tobacco sales at grocery stores and wholesale clubs that also have pharmacies.”

4) Inside the Industry: Master cigar maker José Séijas will be making a series of appearances as he introduces Mi Dominicana, Altadis’ new Dominican puro. Three new limited edition Cuban cigars are ready to be released: Cuaba Pirámides, Montecristo Sublimes, and the Partagas Serie D No. 5. While Hurricane Gustav didn’t do much damage to the crops in the ground when it blew over Cuba last week, it did wreak havoc on many binder and filler tobacco curing barns.

5) Around the Blogs: Cigar Jack smokes a Hoyo Excalibur Legend. Stogie Review lights up a Habanos Puros Fuerte. Keepers of the Flame reviews the Litto Gomez Chizel. Stogie Fresh weighs in on the Old Henry Toro.

6) Deal of the Week: Once again Cuban Crafters has some great specials, this time in honor of the start of football season. Included are some Stogie Guys favorites like the Cabinet Selection and La Carolina. Check them all out here.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Tampa Bay History Center

One Response to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXVII”

  1. Mike Friday, September 12, 2008 at 5:36 am #

    The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Michican Legislature is likely to vote next week on an all-emcompassing ban that will include tobacco shops, Detrot casinos and hotel rooms, as I read it.

    No five-year grace period if it passes. Maybe 5 months.