20 Sep 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) Officials in Walnut Creek—a California town of 65,000 located just east of Oakland—passed an ultra-strict smoking ban that might be one of the toughest in the U.S. The regulation criminalizes “smoking in all multi-unit residences, all of downtown, all recreational areas and all commercially zoned properties where there are outdoor dining areas or outdoor service areas, anyplace within 25 feet of entryways and operable windows, and in all public places,” according to the San Jose Mercury News. Golf courses are exempt from the law, which also doesn’t cover medicinal marijuana use. Violators will face fines ranging from $100 to $500. Officials are only providing 90 days before the ordinance becomes law.
2) Cigar Oasis has updated its portfolio of electronic humidifiers. New features include temperature reading, alarms for low battery and low water, and the ability to connect the devices to mobile phones and tablets. The latter will “allow the user to check the current humidity and temperature reading as well as see a historical record of past readings,” according to a Cigar Oasis press release. “The user will also be able to set alerts for out of bounds humidity and temperature, and change the settings remotely.”
3) Inside the Industry: According to IPCPR, this year’s Trade Show in Las Vegas featured 351 exhibitors, of which just under 100 were new. Over 880 different cigar retailers were represented and total attendance was 5,848.
4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews a Gold Medal. Nice Tight Ash checks out a Villiger Export Brasil. Cigar Inspector inspects the H. Upmann Robusto LE. Stogie Fresh rates the Don Cirilo Habano. Cigar Fan fires up the A. Flores 1975 Gran Reserva.
5) Deal of the Week: As noted in yesterday’s article, Tampa Fuego is offering StogieGuys.com readers 20% off through the end of October by using the code “STOGIE” at checkout. You can view their range of American-made exotic cigar, cutter, and lighter cases here.
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