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Stogie Contest Winner: What Do Cigar Rights Mean to You?

16 Dec 2008

All of us at are pleased to announce that Mike Kitsen of East Lansing, Michigan, has won our “What Do Cigar Rights Mean to You?” contest. Mike will receive the Ultimate Rocky Patel Cigar Rights Sampler, which includes a dozen of Rocky’s finest cigars, three punch cutters, and Rocky’s new five-torch Diplomat table lighter—all generously furnished by the Duque Cigar Company.

While we received many outstanding contest entries, we think Mike’s comment succinctly and accurately touched on the most important aspects of cigar rights. Here’s what he had to say on November 25:

[Cigar rights mean] the ability to: (1) enjoy a cigar in an establishment that allows cigar smoking, without the interference of government; (2) buy a cigar without being hit with an industry and consumer crippling tax; and (3) smoke in my home or on my property without the fear of big brother’s watchful eye or prying neighbors who are irrationally fearful that traces of smoke may encroach upon their property and give them cancer. And for businesses, it means the ability to make an honest living, selling a legal product, and having the right to permit people to smoke or not (so long as the choice is that of the owner and not the government).

Upon learning of his triumph in the contest, Mike wrote to us: “Out of so many great ‘Cigar Rights’ entries, I am glad to hear I won because cigar rights is a very meaningful topic to me, especially in today’s ever increasing anti-smoking world. It’s fitting that such a meaningful topic comes with a phenomenal gift from and the Duque Cigar Company. Thank you for such an on-point topic, and keep up the fantastic work, guys.”

Picking a winner from the many outstanding entries was no easy task. But we hope you will join us in congratulating Mike for his well-deserved victory.

The Stogie Guys

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4 Responses to “Stogie Contest Winner: What Do Cigar Rights Mean to You?”

  1. Franky C Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    Lucky bastard… That's a sweet prize!

  2. Mac and Nudo Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    Lucky indeed. It's a solid response to the question, though. I can see why he won. Congrats, Mike!

  3. dmjones Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    Congratulations, Mike! You encapsulated the feelings of many of us, I'm sure, concisely and eloquently.

  4. Mike K Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    Thanks guys. I am indeed lucky to win this prize.