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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXXXIII

8 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) Jose Oliva, CEO of the Oliva Cigar Co., has announced his candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives as a Republican. Oliva is a “founding sponsor” of Cigar Rights of America and, according to his campaign website, an advocate of lower taxes, smaller government, and business-friendly policies. The election to fill the vacant seat for which Oliva is vying will be held May 24.

2) Cigar Rights Alerts: New York lawmakers rejected a proposed cigar tax cap, which would have limited state excise taxes to $1 per cigar. An Indiana Senate committee has killed a proposed smoking ban bill. Louisiana politicians are clamoring for a 10% tax increase for cigars. Anti-cigar zealots in California aim to increase tobacco taxes by 70% and dismantle premium cigar shops’ exemption from the statewide smoking ban. South Carolina legislators are mulling a variety of smoking ban proposals.

3) Gary Arzt RIP: On Saturday, the cigar world lost Gary Arzt, a tireless and passionate advocate for cigars. Gary (1941-2011) wrote regularly about cigars and was fiercely loyal to his friends, as evidenced by his guest commentary written for our site. Everyone who knew him can attest to the fact that his passing is a great loss for the cigar community.

4) Inside the Industry: Tabacalera de Garcia, the world’s largest cigar factory, is now open for tours. The factory in La Romana is where the Dominican version of such brands as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, and many others are made. Details can be found here.

5) Around the Blogs: Smoking Stogie fires up a 10-year-old Padrón 1964 Maduro. Cigar Fan smokes an Alec Bradley Prensado. Stogie Review reviews an Avo 85th Anniversary Limited Edition 2011. Nice Tight Ash checks out the Avalon Numbers Series 46. The Illuione 68 is now the number two cigar at

6) Deal of the Week: This special from the Corona Cigar Co. features the Montecristo White and Punch, both in tubos. $29 gets you 5 of each, or $50 gets you 10 of each.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Cigar Rights of America

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