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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXXXII

1 Apr 2011

As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. Below is our latest Friday Sampler.

1) As usual, a number of tax hike and smoking ban proposals threaten to damage cigar rights in a variety of states. In Indiana, the Senate needs to reject the statewide smoking ban that has been adopted by the House. In South Carolina, versions of a statewide ban are under consideration by both legislative bodies. In Texas, lawmakers continue to pave the way for a statewide ban through backroom negotiations. In Nebraska, a new bill would boost cigar excise taxes. And in Kentucky, politicians are aiming for a statewide ban and higher cigar taxes. Be sure to contact your state representatives if you live in any of these states, and be sure to check the CRA and IPCPR websites often for legislative  action alerts, petitions, and ways to stand up for your cigar rights.

2) General Cigar is introducing a new blend called the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary. The cigar (5 x 50) features a proprietary Connecticut corojo wrapper around a Connecticut broadleaf binder and long-filler tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. It will sell for around $6.50.

3) Inside the Industry: The Rocky Patel Decade Edición Limitada is now available in select locations. La Aurora has announced Para Japón, a special blend that will debut later this month and benefit relief efforts in Japan.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews the Monte Pascoal. A Cigar Smoker fires up the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Smoke Inn exclusive. Smoking Stogie lights up the San Lotano Habano. Over on YourCigarRatings.com, the Liga Privada T-52 breaks into the top ten.

5) Deal of the Week: Citizen Cigar is featuring 10-15% off all Nicarguan smokes. Included in the sale are cigars from Drew Estate, CAO, Oliva, Don Pepin Garcia, and even Padrón. A full list of discounted cigars can be found here.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Cigar Rights of America

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2 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXXXII”

  1. Mike Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    It would great news if the Indiana Senate passes the smoking ban that was appproved by the state House — which is exactly why anti-smoking groups oppose the House version of the bill. It exempts most bars, casinos, tobacco shops, horse tracks, nursing home smoking areas and private clubs.

    The anti-smoking lobby wants the bill either strengthened to remove almost all exemptions — esp. bars — or rejected so they can get a no-exemption bill through next year.

    Senate passage would likely mean the anti-smoking lobby would be stuck with the exemptions-laiden law for some time until they convince lawmakers to revisit it.

  2. Jimmer Farnsworth Friday, April 8, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Cigar bars are exempted in the Texas legislation.