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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXXXVII

6 May 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) Politicians in Louisiana are mulling a bill that would increase the state excise tax on cigars by 50%. “Higher taxes on tobacco products will only drive whatever business is left into the hands of Internet, out-of-state, mail-order merchants and criminals who do not pay taxes to Louisiana and do not employ Louisiana’s citizens,” said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. “Of the 57 excise tax increases that states implemented between 2003 and 2007, only 16 met or exceeded revenue targets. New Jersey, for example, increased its cigarette tax in 2006 and instead of gaining a projected $30 million in revenue, the state lost over $22 million.”

2) Other Cigar Rights Alerts: In California, where a new bill threatens to expand the state’s smoking ban, the IPCPR has drafted an amendment to maintain an exemption for retail tobacco shops. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy hopes to increase state tobacco taxes by 50%. Several politicians in Alabama hope to pass an exemption-free statewide smoking ban.

3) Stogie Guys in the Media: Looking for gifts for your groomsmen and best man? FashionableBride.com (of all places) cites StogieGuys.com in this article, which features gift recommendations for the guys who will stand by you on your big day.

4) Around the Blogs: Cigar Fan fires up a Toraño Master Blend. Cigar Inspector inspects La Aurora Para Japón. Stogie Review reviews a J. Fuego Casa Fuego. Stogie Fresh lights up a Siglo Limited Reserve. Smoking Stogie smokes the Tatuaje La Verite 2009. The Fuente Añejo No. 49 hits the top ten at Your Cigar Ratings.

5) Deal of the Week: A limited number of Tatuaje Anarchy cigars are still available. Boxes of 15 run $150, or pick up a five-pack for $50 while supplies last.

The Stogie Guys

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One Response to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXXXVII”

  1. Craig Childs Friday, May 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    When SCHIP was passed, I expected the prices of cigars to rise exorbitantly. However, it seems prices have been falling for the past year. Has anyone else noticed this?

    In the interest of full disclosure, I smoke about 3 cigars/week. I don’t smoke a lot of high-end brands. I buy 99% of my cigars off the internet and smoke them in my own backyard.

    Since I don’t smoke in public places or at restaurants, the anti-smoking legislation doesn’t bother me much.