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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 505

11 Nov 2016

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) In addition to the three anti-cigar ballot initiatives that were defeated on Election Day, Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton breathed some life into hopes of stifling damaging cigar regulations. Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN), was a co-sponsor of H.R. 1639 to protect the premium cigar industry from FDA regulation when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Trump hasn’t yet made a public statement on cigar regulation specifically, though he has called regulatory reform a “cornerstone” of his administration, and has noted he will impose “a temporary moratorium on all new regulation… and a thorough review to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations that kill jobs and bloat government.” Furthermore, it is widely expected that cigar smoker Rudolph Giuliani (seen above with cigar maker Rocky Patel at Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke event in 2013) will assume an influential cabinet positon. According to Cigar Rights of America (CRA): “While it is expected that the new administration will be inundated with affairs regarding assembling a new government and legislative priorities for the opening of the 115th Congress, CRA is pleased to see the commitment that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have already made to regulatory reform. We look forward to working with the administration to address issues concerning regulation and the premium cigar industry.”

2) Officials in Dallas have criminalized smoking in parks starting March 1. Exemptions were carved out for golf courses, a shooting range, and park events (like the State Fair). Fines for offenders could run up to $200, but enforcement is not clear; according to the Dallas Observer, Parks Department Director Willis Winters cited “‘voluntary compliance’ and ‘peer-to-peer enforcement’ as the solutions.”

3) Inside the Industry: Last month, Christian Eiroa’s Tabacaleras Unidas announced it would be taking over distribution of Puros Indios and Cuba Aliados. This week, shipping of the two brands, both created by the late Rolando Reyes Sr., began under the new arrangement.

4) From the Archives: With presidential politics in the spotlight, it is worth revisiting a recent piece we published on Obama’s legacy when it comes to cigars. As the article notes, despite his recent actions on Cuba, “Obama is no friend of cigars” due to his tax increases and, most importantly, the arbitrary and devastating FDA regulation.

5) Deal of the Week: This weekly deal from Smoke Inn features 10 cigars for just $30. Included are cigars that have a combined suggested retail price of over $90. The featured sticks include the Murcielago Nocturne, Ortega Natural No. 10, Joya Red Robusto, Blind Man’s Bluff Magnum, Swag Black Infamous, La Aurora Maduro Preferido No. 3, Vegafina Corona, Prensado Robusto, and Oktoberfest Das Boot.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Wall Street Journal

3 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 505”

  1. Mike Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    I’m not so sure cigars and the FDA’s tobacco regs will be an issue the next White House devotes much time to. Politically, it’s not a major issue. Maybe the chances of a friendly rider getting attached to a bill that gets signed are better now.

    I hope you’re right.

    • Stogie Guys Friday, November 11, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

      The phrase “breathed some life into hopes of stifling damaging cigar regulations” was chosen very carefully. We would be surprised if premium cigars get the attention they need from the new administration. But now there is a little hope…

  2. Stan Walker Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Just to let you know, your deal of the week was sold out probably before you posted the Friday Sampler. I did send a note to Smoke Inn. This deal was offered earlier in the week and I should have jumped on it then. Oh well.
    Fairly new to hand rolled cigars and recently retired. Keep up the good work. Love the site. Working my way back towards the beginning. Into April’14.