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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 265

18 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) Politicians in Indianapolis are hoping to pass a smoking ban in time for the Super Bowl, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5. “City-County Council President Ryan Vaughn, a Republican, said he will propose a ban that would eliminate smoking completely in bars and restaurants, exempting cigar bars, fraternal clubs, and tobacco shops,” reported ABC this week. The Hoosier State currently has no statewide ban, but that’s not for a lack of trying; anti-tobacco lawmakers and groups have been trying to pass a comprehensive ban since 2007.

2) The price of premium cigars may soon be increasing in Chicago, where the president of the county board has proposed a new $.30 per cigar tax. “This is wrong on so many levels,” said Bill Spann, chief executive officer of the IPCPR. “First of all, Cook County and Chicago residents and consumers are already paying high taxes on all tobacco products. If the County Board or City Council Increase those taxes, consumers will take their business elsewhere. In addition, bootlegging of tobacco products will be encouraged, as will their purchase over the Internet, neither of which generates taxes for any federal, state, or local entity.”

3) Around the Blogs: Tiki Bar examines a La Gloria Cubana Retro Especiale. Cigar Fan smokes a Morro Castle. Smoking Stogie fires up a La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro. Stogie Review reviews the Santos de Miami. Cigar Inspector inspects the Fonseca Delicias.

5) Deal of the Week: Here’s a deal for fans of the Oliva-made Nub and Cain lines. Thirty bucks gets you each of the regular production blends: four Nub cigars (Habano, Maduro, Cameroon, and Connecticut) and four Cain cigars (Habano, Maduro, F, and Daytona).

The Stogie Guys

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