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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXV

12 Nov 2010

As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

1) Tim Ozgener, president of CAO, announced this week that he is leaving the premium cigar business and the company he inherited from his father. He plans to “pursue personal business interests in his hometown of Nashville,” according to a press release. The move comes a month after Swedish Match, parent company of General Cigar, and the Scandinavian Tobacco Group—parent company of CAO and, formerly, Toraño—merged their many well-known brands under one entity. “We remain committed to CAO and are grateful to Tim for his contributions, not only to the brand but also for sharing his knowledge with the people who will continue his legacy,” said Dan Carr, president of General Cigar.

2) Not content with California’s statewide smoking restrictions, politicians in Los Angeles are considering stricter tobacco controls for America’s second-largest city. A proposed ordinance would criminalize smoking at outdoor venues like beaches, parks, and apartment commons areas.

3) Around the Blogs: Cigar Fan lights up a La Traviata Maduro. Nice Tight Ash fires up an Origen. Smoking Stogie smokes the Oliva Edición Europa 2010. Stogie Review reviews a Warlock. The Perfect Draw draws on a Calibre. Cigar Inspector inspects a Partagas Salomones.

4) Deal of the Week:  CAO fans should jump all over this deal. It features seven of CAO’s finest blends with a special DVD about the development of CAO’s 4igars, all for just $35. Grab your “Conmemorativo Sampler” here.

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5 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXV”

  1. Dave in Ashburn Friday, November 12, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    FYI, those Deal of the Week links never work for me using Firefox (3.6.12). Seem to work fine in IE though.

  2. MindEraser Friday, November 12, 2010 at 4:22 am #

    That's odd. I'm using the same version of Firefox and these links always work for me. Maybe there's a glitch in the Matrix…

  3. Dave in Ashburn Friday, November 12, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    D'oh! It's the AdBlock Plus plug-in that's been preventing the page from loading.

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