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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 273

20 Jan 2012

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) Alabama is a rare refuge of relative smoking freedom, but State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile, pictured) aims to change that. She plans to introduce a bill that would criminalize smoking in “public” places like bars and restaurants. And in addition to her bill, she is also proposing an amendment to the state constitution that would produce the same regulations, since an amendment would require a statewide vote. “If legislators don’t want to throw this on the people, let the people decide,” she told the Tuscaloosa News. While Figures is not targeting private clubs, the Tobacco Free Alabama coalition wants to ban smoking everywhere in the state. “Senator Figures is…more willing to compromise than we are,” said a spokesperson for the group.

2) Good news for travelers. London hotels are opening outdoor cigar rooms, reports the Evening Standard. They’re called “cosas,” which the paper describes as a “cosy outdoor smoking area.” To meet legal requirements, smoking areas must be at least 50% open. The hoteliers also noted increasing interest in cigars among women, with the May Fair’s general manager telling the paper its new cosa would have “a more female approach to the whole environment to appeal to women as well as male aficionados.”

3) Inside the Industry: Washington’s W. Curtis Draper tobacconist is celebrating 125 years in the industry with four exclusive blends, one each by Tatuaje, Fuente, La Aurora, and Padrón. The first 125th Anniversary cigar, a special edition Cabaiguan made by Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson, will be released during special events on February 3rd and 4th.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews the Humo Jaguar. Nice Tights Ash checks out the Hammer & Sickle Berlin Wall. Cigar Brief smokes a Villiger 1888. Cigar Explorer explores a Liga Privada Ferel Pig. Cigar Fan looks at Lignin, a key component of tobacco.

5) Deal of the Week: Looking for big bang for your buck? Here’s a sampler with some very large cigars. For just $35 (or double up for $25 more) you get five Romeo y Julieta Vintage Maduros (7 x 60) and five Gran Habano #5 Corojos (7.5 x 58).

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3 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 273”

  1. George E Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Interestingly, Alabama is one of only a handful of states with the minimum age of 19, rather than 18, for legal tobacco purchases.

  2. Mike Friday, January 20, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Yeah, a regulation which appears to have little to no effect on teen smoking rates, which is why anti-smoking groups seldom push for it.

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