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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 275

3 Feb 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) Imperial Tobacco Group, a United Kingdom-based company that owns Altadis and is considered the world’s largest producer of cigars, announced a 10% jump in net revenue thanks to increased sales in Cuban cigars, as the company owns a 50 percent share in the Cuban national cigar distribution company Habanos. Sales of cigars in emerging markets such as China and Russia were particularly strong—up 14% in the last year. “In the U.S., the market remains highly competitive with first quarter volumes impacted by trade buying patterns around our October price increase,” reads a statement from the company.

2) Should the government be able to fine you for smoking in your own vehicle? Some Ohio lawmakers think so, and they have introduced a bill in the state senate that would criminalize citizens for lighting up in their own cars if children are present. Ohio already has a statewide smoking ban. If the bill is adopted, the Buckeye State would join Louisiana, California, and Maine as the only states where you can be ticketed for smoking inside a private vehicle.

3) Inside the Industry: CAO is adding the Luminoso (4.5 x 50) frontmark to its La Traviata Maduro line, which will sell for $5.10 each or $153 for a 30-count box. General Cigar is adding a Gigante size (6 x 60) to its best-selling Macanudo Cafe and Macanudo Maduro lines, with each selling for $7.99 each or $199.75 for a box of 25.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews a Padilla Artemis. Cigar Explorer explores the Liga Undercrown Corona (pre-release). Cigar Fan fires up a Vega Fina José Seijas 2011. Nice Tight Ash checks out the Reinado Habanito. Cigar Inspector inspects an Elogio Serie LSV. Casas Fumando smokes the Carlos Toraño Signature Collection.

5) Deal of the Week: Smoke Inn has a selection of 10-packs on sale for just $27, including free shipping. Choices include 10-packs of the Montecristo Classic, Padilla 1968 Golden Bear, Partagas Black, Perdomo, Rocky Patel Edge, Romeo y Julieta Vintage, and Trinidad 100th Anniversary.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Imperial Tobacco

Drew Estate

3 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 275”

  1. Ashburn Dave Friday, February 3, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Sure, fine parents who smoke in cars with kids as long as you fine parents for being fat around their kids too. Secondhand smoke isn't a bad as condemning your offspring to a lifetime of obesity.

    • Parkland Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Remember when the anti-smoking zealots were only trying to ban smoking in public buildings like government offices and schools? Then they went after private places like restaurants and bars. Then they went after outside places like parks and beaches. Now they're going after private vehicles. What's next? Private homes?

      Some places already ban smoking in homes that have common walls, like apartments and condos.

      WHY NOT JUST FUCKING BAN TOBACCO ALTOGETHER? I'd like to see these assholes grow a pair and advocate THAT instead of chipping away at rights one at a time. FUCKING BRING IT ON!!!!!

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    […] (www.stogieguys.com) – Imperial Tobacco Group, a United Kingdom-based company that owns Altadis and is considered the world’s largest producer of cigars, announced a 10% jump in net revenue thanks to increased sales in Cuban cigars, as the company owns a 50 percent share in the Cuban national cigar distribution company Habanos. Sales of cigars in emerging markets such as China and Russia were particularly strong—up 14% in the last year. “In the U.S., the market remains highly competitive with first quarter volumes impacted by trade buying patterns around our October price increase,” reads a statement from the company. […]