15 Mar 2013
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) John W. Walker, a Democratic representative in the Arkansas House, has introduced a bill (HB 2119) that would strip away the exemptions from his state’s smoking ban. If approved, his measure would criminalize smoking in cigar shops and cigar bars, as well as outdoor restaurants that currently choose to welcome cigar smokers. Cigar Rights of America issued an Action Alert yesterday, urging cigar enthusiasts in Arkansas to contact their representatives and voice their disapproval of the measure, which would erode the freedoms of cigar smokers and business owners.
2) The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) yesterday announced Mike Ditka will be the special guest speaker at the opening breakfast of this year’s annual convention. Ditka is the former head coach of the Chicago Bears, current NFL analyst for ESPN, and an avid cigar fan. The 81st IPCPR Trade Show will be held July 13-17 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.
3) Inside the Industry: Brazilian cigar brand Dona Flor, which was reintroduced in the U.S. last year after lengthy litigation, announced it has signed on with RK Distributors (also known as Cigar Cartel) to be the company’s California distributor. Avo’s annual release for 2013, called the Dominant 13th after the jazz chord, will ship next month and feature mostly Dominican filler (with some Peruvian), a Dominican binder, and an Ecuadorian wrapper.
4) Deal of the Week: Move quickly on this special deal on a sampler of Pinar del Rio cigars. Just $20 gets you six sticks, including one each of the Small Batch Habano and Maduro.
photo credit: Arkansas House