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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 311

2 Nov 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) On Tuesday, in addition to voting for the next president at the polls, Americans will be faced with plenty of other choices, some of which—including several referendums—will have lasting implications for cigar rights. Notable among these choices is the race between Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona (pictured) for one of Arizona’s U.S. Senate seats. CRA is endorsing Flake over Carmona, which isn’t a surprise since Carmona has a history of advocating an all-out tobacco ban. “I see no need for any tobacco products in society,” he testified before Congress in 2003. “If you’re asking me, would I support banning or abolishing tobacco products? Yes.”

2) Andrew Brennan has joined La Palina, makers of El Diario, Family Series, and the La Palina Collection, among other cigars. Brennan was formerly the vice president of sales at La Flor Dominicana. “The addition of Andrew Brennan is a great fit to our growing company,” said Bill Paley, president and founder of La Palina. “His experience in cigar sales complements that of the company’s vice president, Courtney Smith.”

3) Inside the Industry: Pete Johnson is re-packaging La Riqueza, the slowest-selling line in his portfolio, to be sold in 10-count boxes instead of 25. The new boxes are expected to hit retailer shelves in the first quarter of 2013. “I can’t find an audience for the cigar,” Johnson recently told Cigar Aficionado. “We did a push at the [IPCPR] trade show to see if people would pay more attention to it. Right now, we’re just letting the old packaging run out.”

4) Around the Blogs: Tiki Grange kicks back with a Vie Havana Maduro. Cigar Brief smokes an Oliva V Melanio. Half Wheel lights up a La Aurora Preferidos Lancero. Casa Fumando fires up a Vallejuelo.

5) Deal of the Week: Emerson’s Cigars has the Tatueje Little Monsters in stock. Get them before they sell out (which they will quickly).

-The Stogie Guys

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