10 Jan 2014
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) Yesterday, Cigar Rights of America (CRA) sent around an alarming email newsletter detailing some of the state-based threats they’re up against in 2014. Impacted states include Kentucky, where Governor Steve Beshear (pictured) has announced his approval of efforts to ban smoking statewide in bars, restaurants, and other “public” places; Nebraska, where a bill has been introduced to increase cigar taxes from 20% to 31%; Missouri, where a statewide ban is being considered; and Wisconsin, where a cigar tax hike proposal has received bicameral support. Over a dozen other states were also listed. “Of course, these issues are in addition to the vast array of ordinances and proposals at the local level, and the pressing matter of the day, being on the cusp of FDA regulation for this great industry…,” said the CRA email.
2) To celebrate what the Sindicato Cigar Company is calling “National Hex Day,” Saturday, January 18 is your chance to get a free Hex cigar. “All consumers who visit participating retailers and repeat the phrase ‘Hex me!’ will receive a free Hex cigar, while supplies last,” according to Sindicato. “Participating retailers will have stick and box promotions for the day, along with limited edition Hex T-shirts for giveaways.” A list of Hex retailers can be found here, and our review of the Hex Perfecto can be read here.
3) Inside the Industry: Nomad Cigars is adding two new sizes to its S-307 line: a Gordo (6 x 58) and a Corona (5.5 x 44). Leesburg Cigars in Virginia is getting an exclusive Cabaiguan.
4) Deal of the Week: The Stogie Guys Sampler at Corona Cigar Co. has been updated. Just $30 gets you 7 cigars, including an Undercrown and the limited Avo Lounge cigar.
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