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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 308

12 Oct 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) Not long after it was introduced at this summer’s IPCPR Trade Show, Joya de Nicaragua’s Cuenca y Blanco has been rebranded as simply “CyB.” “This change is being proactively self-implemented to satisfy the possibility of any unintended, potential trademark conflicts with other brands, and is being done so in the spirit of maintaining the harmony within our small industry of premium handmade cigars,” reads a press release from Joya de Nicaragua. The five-vitola line—named for Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca and Jose Blanco—well receive new boxes, bands, and packaging, but the blend itself will remain the same.

2) Cigar Rights Update: Officials in the town of Central Falls, Rhode Island, have approved an outdoor smoking ban that would criminalize smoking cigars in parks and other public areas if adopted. Politicians in Oklahoma are pushing for a bill that would enable local governments in the state to pass smoking bans. As expected, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a 50-cent tax cap for cigars in Michigan, with the aim of helping his state’s cigar shops compete with online retailers. Arizona State University will enact a total smoking ban starting next August for its campuses at Tempe, Glendale, Phoenix, and Mesa.

3) Inside the Industry: The 2012 edition of the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare is now arriving at stores. Grand Empire Reserve, a box-pressed Nicaraguan from Reinado, is shipping to retailers. Cigar smokers in the Washington, DC, area (where was founded) may want to check out two upcoming dinners featuring La Palina and E.P. Carrillo.

4) Around the Blogs: Cigar Fan fires up a CAO Concert. Stogie Review reviews the Viaje 5th Anniversary. Half Wheel smokes the La Flor Dominicana Oro. Cigar Coop lights up a Pinar del Rio Reserva Especial.

5) Deal of the Week: This “Silver Tray Special” features five premium sticks and a travel humidor for just $30. Included are three Montecristos and two Romeo y Julietas.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Joya de Nicaragua

One Response to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 308”

  1. George E Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Interesting that a city, Central Falls, finds time to approve a restrictive smoking ban when it has many major problems to deal with, such as being the first Rhode Island municipality to declare bankruptcy and be taken over by the state, a mayor who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and about one in four of its 19,000 or so residents living in poverty.