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PCA Represents Premium Cigar Industry Before National Academy of Sciences

[Washington, DC, April 20, 2021] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) kicked off a series of presentations to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Health Effects and Patterns of Use of Premium Cigars this afternoon.

PCA's Head of Government Affairs Joshua Habursky presented an opening statement on the preliminary research questions of the committee that is undergoing a literature review of existing information on premium cigars in a study set to be published in 2022. The study is federally funded by the Food & Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. Today's session was the second public meeting of the committee comprised of over a dozen public health and medical professionals. The third meeting will take place Friday April 23rd from 1—4:30pm where PCA's Executive Director Scott Pearce will present remarks on the retail perspective and the unique characteristics of premium cigars sold by tobacconists vs other tobacco products. The main stakeholder session on the 23rd will feature several organizations within the cigar industry, along with organizations such as the Truth Initiative and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

"It is important for PCA to assert positive research and data about premium cigars to this committee whose findings could have an impact on future policy considerations and regulatory recommendations", notes PCA Executive Director Scott Pearce.

The core function of the committee is to:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment and review of the literature to include patterns of use for premium cigars, and how those may differ among cigar types and other tobacco products, as well as data on both short and long-term health effects of premium cigars.
  2. Establish a list of recommendations for future research.
  3. Prioritize the list of recommendations for future research to inform FDA’s regulation of premium cigars to protect public health.

Learn more about the committee's work and register to virtually attend Friday's session here.


About PCA

Founded in 1933, Founded in 1933, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is the oldest, largest, and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of premium tobacco products. PCA is a not-for-profit trade association and is recognized as the "Voice of Authority and Reason" on premium tobacco-related issues.

Governor of Montana and State Legislature Approve Cigar Tax Cap


The Premium Cigar Association (PCA), in partnership with its member tobacconists of Montana in the Montana Cigar Association, is pleased to announce that Governor Greg Gianforte has signed SB 122 by Senator Greg Hertz, calling for a thirty-five cent tax cap on the sale of cigars.

Over a year in the making, a coalition of locally owned small businesses organized an effort with legislative allies of their local cigar shops. After a series of strategy calls with shop owners, legislators, lobbyists, and PCA, SB 122 passed the House of Representatives 70-28 and the Senate 39-10. The bill was then sent to the governor’s desk.
PCA Director of State Advocacy Glynn Loope stated, “This was a grand example of a coalition of local shop owners that built upon their relationships with members of the legislature, making their case and ushering a bill through the process. PCA welcomed the opportunity to provide committee testimony, grassroots advocacy, and research support. The efforts and sponsorship of SB 122 by Montana Senator Greg Hertz were profound and appreciated beyond words. The local cigar shops of Montana, though, made the difference.”
Local shop owner and President of the Montana Cigar Association, Ken Weinheimer, along with his lobbyist, Scott Boulanger of Boulanger Associates, who spearheaded efforts in the capitol, stated, “It is amazing to see the fruits of your efforts when the votes are counted. The overwhelming Bi-Partisan margins in the House and Senate proved that our message of tax fairness resonated. The passage of similar legislation in Idaho assisted, and the tax policy of surrounding states allowed us to make our case. We certainly appreciate the governor signing this bill that helps local small businesses.” 
Loope concluded by stating, “Having Montana Governor Greg Giaforte, North Dakota Governor Doug Burghum, and Idaho Governor Brad Little each sign significant premium cigar bills this year is a testament to our industry message being heard. The partnership between PCA and our state retailers and the coalitions that have been built has set an example for others throughout the nation. And we’re not done yet.” 
PCA has been engaged in nine state tax cap legislative issues during the 2023 sessions and over twenty-six bills in twenty-one states.

IPCPR 2017: Day One

Top 10 things we learned on Day 1 at IPCPR 2017

  1. Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a bad ass. His keynote speech was what the cigar industry needed to hear from a politician in light of the recent FDA regulations.  "President Trump realizes regulations are killing businesses," he said "Let businesses operate like businesses instead of government -regulated organizations."
  2. IPCPR knows how to party. Light up the Night with General Cigar was the best ever with food, drinks, cigars, drinks, T-shirt screening, cigars, drinks and cigars. And Mombacho parties-Enough said about that. 
  3. Ventura Cigars is bringing back old favorites from their supplier and production partners in the case study line. They cleverly named them Case Studies 1-5. Try them and see if you can find your old favorites. 
  4. Unfortunately this year we lost Avo Uvezian. David off has pledged to continue with the vision AVO began long ago. 
  5. With the changing laws concerning medical cigarettes, two companies I have come up with unique products to aid those smokers. PDR's Devil's Weed (in red and dark) provides rollers with a quality tobacco leaf to use as their wrapper. Total Flame has marketed a Russian tube product that you can easily load with your own blend to make a smooth smoke. 
  6. Stepping up the presentation standards, United-A luxury brand- has perfected beautiful humidified tubes sold with their cigars
  7. Davidoff once again presented their Gold Band awards to deserving partner retailers at a press event complete with fancy hors d'oeuvres,  Champagne and of course their new Churchhill, Comacho and Avo blends.
  8. For every serious businessman's office, the new Hiram and Solomon pyramid humidor, complete with 30 of their cigars, is a must have.
  9. In a perfect example of how the cigar industry has helped the economies of multiple small countries, Crossfire Cigars has several blends whose profits roll directly back into the Dominican Republic people through hospitals, schooling and jobs.
  10. Warfighter Cigars is made up of six soldiers who bonded together to create cigars for other soldiers, naming all the cigars after calibers of ammunition. 

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logoAshburn, VA [May 10, 2023]- Fratello Cigars has announced that will be ending production of four of its popular Vitolas. The Bianco I, Oro Shorty, Navetta Enterprise, and Inverso Corona Gorda Vitolas will no longer be manufactured by the company.

After a comprehensive assessment of its product lineup, Fratello Cigars has decided to halt the production of these Vitolas. This decision was based on several factors, including the cost of manufacturing and the level of consumer demand. 

"While it is always difficult to discontinue a product, we believe that this decision is in the best interest of our company and our customers," said Omar de Frias, the founder of Fratello Cigars. "We remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and exceptional service, and we believe that this decision will help us achieve that goal."

These Vitolas will no longer be produced after the current inventory is depleted. Customers who are fans of these cigars are encouraged to purchase them while supplies last. 

"We are excited about the future of Fratello Cigars and remain committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and exceptional service," said de Frias. "We appreciate the continued support of our customers and look forward to continuing to serve them for many years to come.



For more information about the cigars, visit


Cigar Regulations and the Little Guy

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This is a guest article by Rob McKeon of CigarZen, manufacturer of the Blüme family of products. CW makes no product endoresements as a matter of policy.


It’s tough out here for us cigar smokers!

As we all know, tobacco has been highly regulated and the level of those regulations seems to keep climbing, almost by the day. For cigar lovers, it seems unfair that the products we use--to relax, to de-compress, to celebrate--are becoming more and more difficult to acquire.

While we can all appreciate the government’s desire to keep tobacco far away from kids, it’s hard to see the justification behind including cigars in its recent rigorous FDA rulings which were originally intended for smokeless tobacco only. The act of cigar smoking is almost artistic in its nature, viewed as a sign of sophistication, hard work and appreciation for the craftsmanship behind each stick. While it’s easy for a teenager to get their hands on a cheap pack of cigarettes, they’re likely not going to get too far in an artisanal cigar store.

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Room101 is bringing back the Big Payback in a big way with the highly-anticipated return of the line’s 70-ring gauge option. The format has been out of production since 2016.

The Payback brand was created by Matt Booth to repay consumers for their years of support with a premium offering at a monster value price point.

Matt Booth said, “It has been my life’s mission to produce a combustible vessel so engorged and far more magnificent than its standard counterpart in cylindrical presentation, and it’s my greatest honor to offer our people such a product that overflows with both girth and grandeur.”

Room101 Big Payback 70s are handcrafted in Honduras at HATSA and are, according to Booth, “engorged with premium tobaccos reaching a diameter that only you can handle with a price point that won’t handle you.”

Big Payback 70s are made with a blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican filler tobaccos, a US-grown Connecticut Broadleaf binder and are wrapped in Honduran Olancho San Agustin. The cigar is medium plus-body, with spice notes, a great retrohale and a clean finish.

Room101 Big Payback 70 measures 7”x 70 and will sell for an SRP of $8.99 per cigar. The hefty smokes are double-banded, come in boxes of 30 and will be a full-time addition to the Big Payback line.

Room101 Big Payback is distributed by Forged Cigar Company and will ship to retailers on June 1.


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I smoke cigars to Celebrate. A wedding, a birth, a promotion. A Life.

I lost my paternal Grandmother a year ago, and I celebrated.

I celebrated a life of nearly 75 years. A life of handing down love, lessons, admonishments and accolades.
She was a woman of action with a strong will and a huge heart.

I sat on the porch at the farm where we shared countless conversations - the place where she imparted her wisdom upon me.
I sat next to the black rocking chair with the word 'MA' emblazoned across the back in gold leaf. It was her throne during haying season, where she rested and surveyed the fields.
It occurred to me that I had never sat next to that chair without her sitting there next to me.
I smoked a 'Queen B' from Fuente. The name seemed fitting, and it was a solid smoke.

A few days ago, our community was rocked by the sudden passing of a childhood friend. He was my first 'best' friend.
Some of my earliest memories are of the two of us discovering the world together. We spent countless hours exploring the woods, riding our bikes, camping, and dirtbiking. We played the Hero and we played the Villain. Saturday mornings full of Thundercats and Voltron cartoons and epic GI Joe battles. We Talked. The conversations were of people yet unburdened by the weight of the world.
The divorce of my parents changed everything in my world, and my friendship suffered as well. I moved away, and we drifted apart. Only after his passing did I realize what that friendship really meant. He died at 34 years old in an ATV accident. His name was Jason.

Soon I will go and find him, at the spot on our dirt bike trail where we would shut the bikes down and talk. I will take a Hemmingway 'Short Story'. The name seems fitting, and it’s a solid smoke.

I will celebrate a life.

J Norton


Miami, FL – May 8, 2023– E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company announces first round of Platinum Bash shipment. Late last year, we sent out a sampler to celebrate Ernesto's 70th birthday. In each sampler there was a QR code that allowed customers to select their favorite blend based off the ribbon color on the cigar. These packs were available either at events or through purchasing a box of E.P. Carrillo cigars.
After several months of voting, the winning blend became the latest E.P. Carrillo Limited-Edition. It’s a toro size, 6 inches long by 52 ring gauge, and production is limited to 500 boxes of 10 cigars with a suggested retail price of $15 each. Made with a Mexican wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, the Platinum Bash is a real winner!
Listen below to Ernesto and Lissette talk about this winner and how Ernesto feels about the winning blend. The other cigars that didn't make the win are still some of Ernesto's favorite blends. The tobaccos used are special to him and that's how they made the cut for the extraordinary celebration.
Shipping began last week and will continue thru May as we get additional inventory from the factory. 
About E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company:
E.P. Carrillo Cigars have always been about innovative and groundbreaking ideas. It is owned and operated by third and fourth generation of cigar makers, the Perez-Carrillo family. Today, each of the E.P. Carrillo lines have a unique and distinct set of characteristics in line with our shared vision: The Endless Pursuit Toward Perfection. The cigars themselves are each based on a greater concept which reflects an aspect of the family’s heritage in tobacco and the authentic pride with which each cigar is made.
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Онлайн-казино для жителей Украины - как подобрать, оценить оповестит специалист интернет ресурса Казанский Денис

На интернет ресурсе Казино-Р выведены полные обзоры функционирующих в Украине заведений, делающих расчет на онлайн. Тут вы откроете всю требующуюся информацию. Познаете об характеристиках геймерских веб-заведений, их преимуществах и слабостях. Также, мы приготовляем на нaшeй веб-площадке casino-R релевантные промокоды и подсказываем, какие выигрышные бонусные предложения онлайн-казино приемлемы в данный момент и каким образом их есть смысл взять.

Веб-ресурс игорных заведений Casino-R и главный редактор Казанский Денис опишут каким образом произвести дебют в мире интернет-гемблинга

Без сомнения, вопрос доверия к веб-казино стоит очень остро, особенно если только игрок уже встречался с обманщиками в данной отрасли. Как на грех, теперь в сети имеется большое количество веб-компаний, каковые пытаются позаимствовать деньги у поклонников азарта, не отдавая взамен выигрыши.

Даже если на таких порталах удается переиграть, руководство веб-казино помешает вывести средства. Вас заставят выполнить процедуру проверки на подлинность вашего документа, но даже невзирая на все переданные документы, обладатели ресурса будут создавать новые трудности для перевода денег. Таких преступников в зоне азартных игр довольно много. Но и достойных интернет-клубов, действующих в интернете, не менее ручается Казанский Денис. Главное – внимательность при отборе достойного казино, детальный анализ и проверка основных параметров.

Частенько неспециалисты, делая первый опыт в игровой среде, начинают отыскивать азартные клубы, где среди заданных валют имеется гривна. Но это не всегда правда, потому что так что позволено устранить много-много финансово-выгодных виртуальных казино, где пускают гэмблеров из Украины. Да, гривны у них могут быть не в ходу, но игрокам дается опция пополнять счет с карт украинских банков, а значит, чтобы национальная валюта машинально превращалась в употребляемую на конкретном ресурсе.

Из вышеизложенного значит, что не к чему настраиваться уж очень безапелляционно. Предпочитая веб-сервис для утехи, полезно глядеть не исключительно на те, где играют на гривны, а на все, где допускают геймеров из Украины. Неразумно намеренно ужимать условия поиска, чтобы веб-ресурсы с отличной славою не остались незамеченными.

Основные показатели выбора интернет казино

Избирая игорное заведение, клиенту надо почувствовать ключевые его параметры, для того чтобы обеспечивать себе не исключительно благополучную развлечение, но и надежность.

  1. Наличие бонусных предложений. Лучшие из лучших онлайн казино Украины предлагают особенный приветственный пакет для только появившихся геймеров и доходную программу лояльности для частых геймеров.
  2. Интернет-дизайн портала. Это существенно, поскольку плуты кое-когда уделяют хорошее внимание интерфейсу. Они банально не собираются расходовать деньги на оформление, наряду с этим мотивированные на долговременную и благополучную практику веб-ресурсы воплощают все осуществимое для привлечения и сохранения людей.
  3. Идеальный уровень защиты Любой настоящий веб-клуб уделяет большое внимание своей защищенности и информбезопасности своих геймеров.
  5. Поспешность возмещений. Игры с мгновенным выводом капитала в Украине особенно уважаются игроками, но сеют подозрение: служба безопасности и финансовая часть должны иметь время, чтобы посмотреть на искренность самого юзера.
  6. Надежные и имелщиеся в большом количестве возможности оплаты В данном случае и объяснения не требуются... Чем по более версий уплаты, тем более весомое ведомство и проще регулировать финансовые вопросы.

Веб казино с лицензией

  1. Не в силах оказывать влияние на деятельность софта.
  2. Интенсивные турниры с денежными наградами от лицензионных поставщиков услуг
  3. Регулирование объективности лицензиатами и защита посетителя от подставы


  1. Владельцы игорного дома имеют возможность запретить доступ в профиль. чтобы не портить репутацию, плуты приписывают в договор между игроком и заведением новые правила. понятно, что юзер об этом не осведомляется. Чуть только клиент постарается забрать деньги, касса скажет о том, что профиль выключен.
  2. Собственник клуба способен менять отдачу игровых автоматов. Купить игровые автоматы от GAN, Genii и других фирм-производителей руководство не способна. Топовые заведения делают программы именно тем, кто имеет регистрацию у регулятора. Сперва посетителю позволяют взять верх, а после того делают меньшей отдачу до предела. Пользователь сливает предыдущий выигрыш и другой депозитный вклад.

Как пуститься играть на деньги

Как видим, вы присмотрели виртуальное казино из списка превосходнейших, испытали его возможности, опробовали свои силы и в настоящий момент способны зарегистрироваться на его веб-ресурсе. Вам надо найти кнопку с текстом «Регистрация». Онлайн-казино традиционно дают немало вариаций входа в поле для создания профиля. А на случай если вы скоротали некоторое время на страницах их ресурса, то вам, может быть, уже сколько-нибудь раз даровали такую опцию. Вам остается именно нажать по кнопке «Регистрация».

С намерением зарегистрироваться в онлайн казино, полезно в любом случае заполнить профиль нового посетителя

  1. Очередной этап — заполнение анкеты. После содействия с клавишею на экране обязана возникнуть специальная веб-форма для внесения некоторых частных данных. Клиента призовут подтвердить его имя или любой на выбор подходящий никнейм, а также, веб-адрес электронной почты. Также юзер обязан будет сочинить какое-то тайное слово, которое он будет применять в образе пароля при авторизации в собственном профиле. Вернее всего взять длинное соединение букв и цифр, а не явное слово. Это превратит пароль в большей степени надежным.
  2. Верификация в веб-казино - это тактика следования условий «Знай Своего Клиента», которое может называться как KYC (Know Your Customer). Закон вынуждает операторов смотреть, не используется ли их сайт в преступных задачах, скажем, для отмывания денег.

По сути, азартные клубы должны удостовериться не исключительно в том, что они выводят деньги тому, на чье имя записан аккаунт. Они вдобавок обязаны понять, что средства, которые вносятся посетителем на депозит веб-казино, принадлежат на практике юзеру, а не были извлечены противозаконным путем.

Верификация — это также и безопасность, к тому же как для веб-казино, так и для юзеров. Вследствие этого, онлайн казино оберегает себя от попыток жульничества и уклонения от соблюдения условий. Надежность посетителей в том, что ежели вдруг к вашему профилю получили вход посторонние люди, они не сумеют забрать ваши средства себе на счет.

После оформлении и валидации инфы игрок может браться к утехе на живые деньги. Любому автомату свойственен свой предел депозитов и всякого рода призовые коэффициенты. Бизнес-каталог видео игр восполняется лишь теми играми, факт возврата каковых больше 89%. Самый хороший RTP у настольных игровых автоматов: рулетка, баккара.

Все, что нужно знать про бонусы от специалиста веб-портала Казино-Р Казанский Денис

Бонус — это относительно дармовое вознаграждение за то либо иное исполнение юзера: создал профиль, положил деньги на счет, деятельность и т.д. Помимо денежного, он включает психологический момент, ведь каждый обожает заслужить что-то даром, не прикладывая трудов. Это хороший и выигрышный метод расширения азартного клуба, в котором получают выгоду все — владельцы веб-сайта и поклонники.

Помимо вниманий юзеров повышать сервис игорным заведениям предоставляет соперничество. Интернет казино в сети в данное время как никогда большое количество и некоторые принимают геймеров из Украины — псетители не чувствуют недостатка, а администрация вынуждена постоянно держать себя в тонусе и применять особые возможности прогресса веб аудитории пользователей.

Что такое фриспины и каким образом их приобрести

В итоге отыгрыш фриспинов позволяет ждать на победу в видео-слотах без риска живыми деньгами. Разуметься, надеяться непосредственно на такие вращения тяжело, ведь интернет казино, в первую очередь, заинтересовано в собственном доходе и предоставлять за так испытывать счастье на длинной дистанции однозначно не в их интересах.

Различные онлайн-казино предлагают своим потребителям различные системы вознаграждений и бонусы – удвоения ставок, утеха в долг, и безусловно же, игральные автоматы с фриспинами.

Бонусные предложения за регистрацию на первый вклад

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Caldwell The Industrialist is now available as a limited-edition release on Cigora, a digital platform that curates special premium cigar offerings for discerning smokers.
Handcrafted at HATSA in Honduras, Caldwell The Industrialist is made with a silky Connecticut Shade wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican tobaccos. The experience is layered and rewarding, delivering notes of cream, cinnamon and white pepper.
Robert Caldwell said, “Caldwell The Industrialist represents a commitment I share with Cigora, and that is to bring to life exciting releases that fill a gap in the boutique segment of the market. With the Industrialist, I identified the need for a box-pressed Connecticut that is as complex as it is approachable. I married the blend with a name that speaks to the inspirational nature of cigars, and with imagery that’s meant to spark conversation.”
The blend’s singular vitola is called “Toro” and measures 6” x 50. 
Caldwell The Industrialist Cigar
Caldwell The Industrialist is available in a five-pack (SRP $52.99) and a 20-count box (SRP $199.99). 
 Caldwell The Industrialist
About Cigora
A digital platform that integrates community and commerce, Cigora represents the future of cigars online. With Cigora, members of the cigar community have a virtual cigar lounge where they can voice their opinions on cigar and non-cigar related topics, give and receive recommendations and engage with their favorite brands. Cigora is like a virtual cigar shop where conversation flows and a curated selection of the hottest cigar brands are just a few keystrokes away.

E.P. Carrillo 2023 TAA Exclusive Shipping This Week


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E.P. Carrillo 2023 TAA Exclusive Shipping This Week

MIAMI, FL – July 14, 2023 – E.P. Carrillo, internationally renowned for their superb craftsmanship and premium quality cigars, is excited to announce their newest creation: E.P. Carrillo 2023 TAA Exclusive.

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Macanudo Gold Label is making its annual return next month and will mark the occasion with a new, limited edition size available this year only.

Macanudo Gold Label cigar

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Partagas Valle Verde, a new, full-time collection that ships on July 1 will debut aPartagas Valle Verde cigars the first Partagas blend to be crowned with a Mexican San Andrés leaf. John Hakim, brand manager of Partagas said, “Partagas Valle Verde builds on the Partagas tradition of rich, refined blends and calls upon its rich Mexican wrapper to deliver a unique smoking experience to the brand portfolio. It is the ideal choice for cigar enthusiasts who are drawn to well-aged tobaccos.”

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Ambassador Fine Cigars to Brand its Flagship Location Into El Septimo Lounge & Bar

El Septimo Continues Aggressive Expansion in Building One of the World’s Largest Networks of Global Retail Distribution for its Premium Cigars
April 18, 2023 10:00 ET | Source: El Septimo Geneva 
Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- El Septimo, the world’s fastest growing premium cigar companies, has announced a joint cooperation with Ambassador Fine Cigars, which will rebrand their lounge and bar to El Septimo Geneva. Ambassador Fine Cigars is one of El Septimo’s biggest retailers and has had the longest relationship with El Septimo, more than any other U.S. retailer. The lounge is located at 10810 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85028 and is serving Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix. The owner of Ambassador Fine Cigars is Vartan Seferian.
Zaya Younan, CEO of El Septimo, says “Ambassador Fine Cigars is one of the oldest and largest premium cigar retailers in the U.S. They were El Septimo’s first retailer when we had entered the U.S. market, and they have been very successful in selling El Septimo cigars and accessories over the last year. They know our cigars very well, and El Septimo is a top-selling brand at their store. This agreement to rename their flagship bar and lounge into an El Septimo Lounge is another testament as to how well our cigars have been perceived by their customers.”

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E.P. Carrillo Proudly Announces The Release Of Pledge Of Allegiance 2023 Cigar


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MIAMI, FL – May 30, 2023 – E.P. Carrillo, internationally renowned for their superb craftsmanship and premium quality cigars, is excited to announce the release of their newest creation: E.P. Carrillo Pledge of Allegiance 2023 cigar. This special limited edition release of 1,776 boxes to be allocated to retailers, not only represents the culmination of the company's dedication to excellence, but also serves as a tribute to America's indomitable spirit and the dream that it embodies.

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Cigar Caucus Co-Chairs Press FDA for Action on NASEM's Recommendations

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[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, D.C., Friday, April 21, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association commends Congressman Dan Meuser (R-PA) and Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. (D-LA), co-chairs of the Congressional Cigar Caucus, in their letter to FDA Administrator Dr. Robert Califf and CTP Director, Dr. Brian King. The letter calls on them to account for the agency’s lack of progress in addressing the recommendations made by the 2022 NASEM Report on premium cigars. The NASEM report highlighted that premium cigars are substantially unique and that research needed to distinguish them appropriately from other tobacco products.
Congressman Meuser expressed concern about the FDA's lack of action on the 2022 NASEM Report on premium cigars. He stated, "The FDA has a responsibility to ensure that all regulation it promulgates is based on sound scientific evidence and meets Congress’ intent. Unfortunately, they continue to try and regulate without doing proper due diligence. These are predominantly small businesses, many of them in my district, and their supply chain deeply affect our trading partners abroad."
Joshua Habursky, Deputy Executive Director of the Premium Cigar Association, echoed the concerns presented in the letter, “We would like to thank Representatives Dan Meuser and Troy Carter for their leadership on this issue and pressing the Center for Tobacco Products for answers on this important research. Two years ago, I presented to the National Academies of Sciences for the report referenced, and the FDA/CTP has yet to give a status update, even while they attempt to promulgate new regulations that would apply to premium cigars.”
Rep. Troy Carter pointed out, “The FDA asked for NASEM to study the question of premium cigars. FDA should follow through with the recommended research that NASEM called for before attempting to enact new regulations that would affect this industry.”
The 2022 NASEM Report on premium cigars found limited evidence to support the FDA's claims that premium cigars harm public health. The report called for further research to better understand the patterns of use and alleged health effects of premium cigars and to develop appropriate regulations based on scientific evidence.
Click here to view FDA cigar caucus letter:
Founded in 1933, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is the oldest, largest, and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of premium tobacco products. PCA is a not-for-profit trade association and is recognized as the “Voice of Authority and Reason” on premium tobacco-related issues.
Scott Pearce, PCA Executive Director
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Plasencia Cigars

The 501c3 organization to hold a kick-off cocktail at The Tank Brewing Co. Thursday June 8, 2023.
(Miami, FL) May 31, 2023–This upcoming June 8th, the Souls from The Earth Foundation will launch in Miami. Led by the Plasencia Family, the foundation is focused on proactively engaging and supporting the growth and development of underserved children, in at-risk communities in Nicaragua and Honduras. Along with its founders and Board of Directors, the foundation will host a by invitation cocktail reception Thursday, June 8, 2023, at The Tank Brewing Co. located at 5100 NW 72nd Avenue Bay 1, Miami, Florida 33166
WHAT: Souls from The Earth Foundation US Launch Event
WHEN: Thursday June 8, 2023, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
WHERE: The Tank Brewing Co. 5100 NW 72nd Avenue Bay 1, Miami, Florida 33166

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Dad bod noun -- the physique of adult males who prefer to drink from a six pack instead of spending countless hours at the gym obsessing over their abs.

The team at Punch is declaring this the “summer of the Dad Bod” with the launch of Punch Dad Bod, a paunchy, limited-edition release that will ship to retail in a cool Father’s Day keepsake that you or your Dad will actually want to hold on to.

Punch Dad Bod comes packed in four, reusable stash cans that each contain five cigars and are complete with Boveda humidification. The keepsake cans can be used as a humidor, a portable ashtray or placed anywhere as a reminder that the Dad Bod is where it’s at.

Punch Dad Bod cigar

John Hakim, brand manager for Punch said, “Father’s Day is the perfect time for us to let the world know that we salute dads, the Dad bod and the pleasure of smoking a great cigar. So we created this special expression and packed it in tins that own the soft-in-the-middle physique with pride. Dad Bod is about showing our support for the salt-of-the-earth Punch smokers who continue to make Punch their go-to brand.”

Handcrafted at HATSA in Honduras, Punch Dad Bod is a six-country blend made with a Cameroon wrapper, a USA Connecticut broadleaf binder and a blend of filler tobaccos that includes Nicaraguan Condega, Dominican Piloto Cubano, Honduran La Entrada and Brazilian Mata Fina. The result is a smooth-smoking, medium-bodied blend that is at the same time sweet, spicy and leathery.

Punch Dad Bod cigars sport a tie-shaped band and are available in a “Champion” size that gives a nod to the reverence Punch has for Dads and Dad bods. Shipping to retailers on May 1, the set contains four metal stash cans, each holding five cigars for a total of 20 Punch Dad Bods per set.

Punch Dad Bod (4.5” x 60); SRP per cigar $6.99

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May 30, 2023- C.L.E. Cigar Company announces that the TAA exclusive Eiroa Dark 11/18 is now shipping! The Eiroa Dark originally made its debut in 2019. What separates the TAA Exclusive is that it will come in the Eiroa family’s signature 11/18 size. Only five hundred boxes were created.


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STG Announces Marketing Team Roles for Alec Bradley Brands

Richmond, VA (April 18, 2023) -- Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) announces today that the company has appointed the former Alec Bradley marketing team with new positions in the STG North American Branded marketing organization. 

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