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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 264

11 Nov 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) Forget the ribbons, grow a mustache. That’s the idea behind Movember, which designates November as the month to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. Angel’s Envy bourbon is supporting Movember with its Mustache envy promotion. “Mo Bros” who help raise awareness and funds for men’s health will be invited to take part in special Angel’s Envy tasting events, galas, and promotions throughout the month.

2) On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon granted an injunction that prevents the FDA from putting graphic warning labels on tobacco products. “We certainly agree with this judge and his interpretation of constitutional law,” said Bill Spann, chief executive officer of the IPCPR. “Today it’s cigarette packaging and tomorrow it could be artisan cigar boxes. When does all this over-regulation end? Businesses as well as people have rights that are too often disregarded because of someone else’s prohibitionist agenda.”

3) If you liked The Cigar Maker by’s very own Mark McGinty, then you’ll want to check out Germ Warfare, a new comic book anthology written by him and an army of talented Twin Cities cartoonists and drawn and inked by his wife Lupi. No, this humorous story about germs battling against their generous human hosts has nothing to do with cigars, but it’s definitely worth checking out at Amazon.

4) Inside the Industry: Officials confiscated over 3,000 counterfeit Cohiba cigars from seven tobacconists in Key West this week. General Cigar, which owns the Cohiba trademark in the U.S., issued a press release on Thursday, explaining that the counterfeit smokes were being sold for about $20 each and “the approximate street value of goods seized was more than $60,000.” Dan Carr, president of General Cigar, said, “The seizure of counterfeit Cohiba cigars represents a clear victory in General Cigar’s fight to protect our cigar bands from counterfeiters and trademark infringers. We look forward to continuing to cooperate with federal and state law enforcement officials in Florida and have offered to assist in any prosecutions and future investigations.”

5) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews a Tortuga Edición Limitada 2011. Smoking Stogie smokes an Open X Robusto Maduro. Stogie Fresh lights up a Buena Vista Reserva. Nice Tight Ash checks out the Kristoff Sumatra. Cigar Explorer explores the Quesada Octoberfest. Cigar Fan fires up a JML 1902 Torpedo.

6) Deal of the Week: Crowned Heads Four Kick’s is the new cigar by former CAO marketing director Jon Huber made by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. It’s now in stock at Emerson’s Cigars (including the sampler with one of each size).

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Angel’s Envy

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