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Weekly Cigar News Sampler: Support Grows for Kentucky Smoking Ban, Cigar Dinner Raises $1.6 Million for Cancer Research, and More

7 Apr 2017

As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post our sampling of cigar news and other items of interest from the week. Below is our latest, which is the 525th in the series.

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1) Support is growing for a smoking ban in Kentucky, one of the nation’s largest tobacco-producing states. More than seven in ten people support a statewide ban, according to recent phone survey of adults. As reported by the Philadelphia Tribune: “Across the country, 27 states plus the District of Columbia have passed workplace smoking bans, with many more local governments also adopting bans. In Kentucky, 25 local governments have some kind of smoking ban, covering nearly 33 percent of the state’s more than 4.3 million residents…” Kentucky is notable in that “more people smoke… per capita than anywhere else in the country.” These statistics probably say more about cigarettes than premium cigars, but they nonetheless weigh heavily in public policy considerations that could impact cigars.

2) This week, Cigar Aficionado’s annual charity cigar dinner, Night to Remember, raised $1.6 million for prostate cancer awareness and research. The event took place at The Pool, a New York City restaurant where smoking is not permitted; however, a post-dinner smoking tent was made available outside on Park Avenue. Guests included Ray Lewis (formerly of the NFL), John Salley (formerly of the NBA), financier Michael Milken, Rudy Giuliani, and Rush Limbaugh. Marvin Shanken—publisher and founder of M. Shanken Communications, which owns Cigar Aficionado—said, “I haven’t added it all up exactly, but over the years, we’ve raised $20 million to $30 million for prostate cancer,” with most of these charitable donations coming from the cigar, wine, spirits, and financial industries.

3) Want to smoke one of Sir Winston Churchill’s cigars? You can, but it will cost you. Also, he smoked half of it already. In May 1947, Sir Winston left half a victory cigar behind at a Paris airport, and now, via an auction, it can be yours. But be prepared to drop £2,500 (at least), according to one report.

4) Inside the Industry: Tabacalera El Artista released details about a limited edition Big Papi by David Ortiz humidor. Each is adorned with David Ortiz’s autograph and filled with Big Papi by David Ortiz cigars, part of the remaining original production run from 2013. The limited edition piece carries a retail price of $2,500. The cigars feature an Ecuadorian Habano claro wrapper, Criollo binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler in a toro vitola.

5) From the Archives: With spring heralding lovely weather, there’s no better time to enjoy a cigar in the park. You’ll find more about enjoying these urban oases here.

6) Deal of the Week: Fans of Mi Querida will want to jump on this deal. Use this link and, with the purchase of a box, you land a free five-pack of the Mi Quirida Short Gordo Grande. Add promo code “GBP20D” to knock $20 off the total for an even better deal.

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