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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.

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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.

CAO DEBUTS BX3

CAO LOGOCAO has always had a rebellious streak (think MX2, CX2, LX2), and the brand’s maverick approach to blending is taking another leap forward through its latest expression: CAO BX3.

BX3 is a new collection that harnesses “three times the Brazilian tobaccos” in one robust blend.

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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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Hiram and Solomon Cigar Moves Production to DR

hscHiram and Solomon Cigars is pleased to announce its cigar pr has moved to the PDR Cigar Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. 

In 2021 Hiram and Solomon owners, Fouad Kashouty & Romy Kashouty, began working with Abe Flores of PDR Cigars, creating new blends and forging a business relationship that allows for streamlined production and distribution channels via the PDR factory. 


Hiram & Solomon blends remain the same.

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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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AB ANNOUNCEES DOUBLE BROADLEAF CIGAR FOR PCA 2022

DOUBLE BROADLEAFAlec Bradley Cigar Co. Announces Upcoming Release of Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series at 'Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke Meets Whiskyfest'

Alec Bradley Cigar Company's Alan, Alec and Bradley Rubin spilled the beans on the upcoming release of Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series to Cigar Aficionado Executive Editor, David Savona and an intimate crowd of 'All Access' ticket holders during Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest's 'A Family Affair: The Alec Bradley Story' Cigar Seminar, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL on May 28. Alec Bradley Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series is the third project in the company's Experimental Series and the first full cigar line Alec Bradley release since 2020's Project 40 Maduro. Presented in luxurious dual tone green and natural wood 24-count boxes, the five-size cigar line will be showcased to tobacconists attending the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, July 8-12, 2022, at the Sand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

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Industry (raw)

I am cnp'ing this raw from my PM inbox. I'm not quite sure what to do with it yet, but it is relevant and could easily be cleaned up for publication.

 

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

PCA Announces All-New “Fuente Friday” Seminar at PCA22

pca22The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today a brand-new seminar will take place on Friday, July 8, 2022, from 1—2:30 PM as part of its education day before the opening of its annual convention and trade show. The seminar will kick off the education seminars and feature Jose Blanco, an industry veteran, and more recently “The Professor” from the Meet the Professor show, in a fun and interactive conversation with Carlito Fuente, Chairman of Arturo Fuente.

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A Message from Don Doroteo Cigars

don doroteoLegacy is fundamental to what it means to be human, without the sense of purposeful work, one loses meaning in their life. In 1936, Doroteo Fermin Delgado decided to follow in his late father’s footsteps by growing tobacco in the heart of Santiago, Dominican Republic. At the tender age of 16, he began his legacy – for his descendants, his community, and ultimately for the world. He never imagined the impact he would have on this industry, for years to come.

When it comes to legacy, few cigars possess the richness and abundance present in the Don Doroteo, El Legado, blended by Manuel Inoa – La Aurora’s very own Master Blender. In commemoration of the 86th year anniversary of Doroteo’s reignited partnership with La Aurora, an exclusive batch of Robusto samplers were set aside and will be available during the 2022 PCA, in booth #142.

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EMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE HOSTS 80s THEMED EVENT

80sSpecial guest Steven Bauer who played iconic 80’s character “Manolo” from Scarface will be in attendance.

Empire Social Lounge Brickell to celebrate 6-year anniversary in 80’s style! The highly anticipated anniversary soiree always carries fun and unique themes, and this year is no different. Event taking place on June 17, 8:00PM. Empire Social Lounge Brickell is located at 1106 S. Miami Ave. 33156. We encourage event goers to attend in 80’s attire.

Guests at the Empire Social Lounge 6th year Anniversary will experience a transformed space that will take them back to the 80’s complete with décor, party favors, specialty entertainment and iconic 80’s music by DJ Radamas.

In attendance will be film and TV star Steven Bauer also known as Manolo Ribera of the 80’s classic film Scarface.

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Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Confirms Exclusive For 2022 PCA

ablogo...But, It's A Secret

Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 27, 2022)

Alec Bradley Cigar Co. today confirmed a report printed by the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) on May 10, 2022 announcing the company's participation in the trade show attendee exclusive program. To date, Alec Bradley has not substantiated the report, but due to a multitude of tobacconist inquiries, the company is now electing to provide some details ahead of the PCA Trade Show, happening July 8-12, 2022, at the Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

"I think announcing a mystery attendee exclusive release ahead of the PCA helps pull more tobacconists into the show and into our booth," said second generation cigarmaker/co-project manager, Bradley Rubin. 'There's nothing more exciting than a dramatic reveal!"

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Protocol F Train

protocol f rainIt has been fully documented that Protocol Cigars prides itself on its engagement and connection to Cigar Groups. Protocol Cigars’ philosophy is that these cigar groups are an important and vital aspect of the cigar industry, being as important as retail stores and cigar manufactures. Once again Protocol Cigars adheres to this philosophy with its latest limited edition release. Protocol Cigars is honored to release the second cigar for Johnny Smokes Uncut cigar group: The Protocol F Train. The Protocol F Train joins the list of other releases for cigar groups. The first was the Fat Ash, which had 3 renditions, then there was the 5 Families, which was created for 5 cigar groups including Distinguished Ruffians, Fat Ash, Smoke House Gorillas, Sheep Dog, and BOTL PA Chapter. The last one was the Protocol J Train.

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LATITUDE ZERO ADDS NEW EXPRESSION

lattitude logoLatitude Zero, a blend named to honor Ecuador’s tobacco growing regions, is expanding its lineup with a new expression called Latitude Zero Signature.

Featuring premium, hand-selected tobaccos grown by Oliva Tobacco Company, Latitude Zero Signature is blended by Raul Disla and was created to extend the popular Latitude Zero line.

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Ash Quarterly Partners With AB Cigars To Release Limited Edition Prensado

ablogoThe Prensado Gran Belicoso was created in early 2019 during a retreat Alec Bradley held for its entire US staff in Central America. Based on the award-winning Prensado blend, the elegant 5 1/2" X 56 ring-gauge Gran Belicoso was limited to a total production run of 1300 ten-count boxes, never to be made again.

However, in 2021 Jason Faulkenburg contacted Alec Bradley Director of Sales & Marketing, Jonathan Lipson, with hopes to commission the Prensado Gran Belicoso for Ash Quarterly's ongoing support of Cigars For Warriors. Alec Bradley Founder, Alan Rubin, agreed to the project, as Cigars For Warriors is an organization near and dear to his heart. Only 2200 cigars were produced and will be featured at Ash Quarterly's event on July 2, 2022, at Executive Cigar Lounge in Sanford, Florida, where consumers will have the ability to purchase and donate Prensado Gran Belicoso cigars directly to Cigars For Warriors. Additional cigars will be available in-store at both the Sanford and Melbourne locations of Executive Cigar Shop and Lounge, as well as online through ashquarterly.com.

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Freud Cigar’s Limited-Edition “AGAPE.”

agapeEmbark on Master Blender Eladio Diaz's new creative journey, with an intimate tasting experience* at PCA 2022. Diaz’s first Cigar crafted at his new factory Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera was for Freud Cigar’s Limited-Edition “AGAPE.”

His love letter to the craft.

Diaz and the creative minds behind luxury cigar house Freud Cigar Co. will be onsite at PCA, booth #640, sharing insights and the innovation behind the Freud brand.

Join us at PCA booth #640 and indulge in the bold artistry of Diaz's debut Freud Limited-Edition Agape. You will be among the first to experience this robust Dominican puro crafted at Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera in the Dominican Republic.

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PUNCH LAUNCHES THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP CIGAR

brotherhoodA new cigar from Punch called “The People’s Champ,” will ship in early June. The cigar is the result of input from thousands of dyed-in-the-wool Punch fans who guided every aspect of the cigar and its packaging.

The Punch Brotherhood, an online-based group of Punch brand enthusiasts from across the US, started collaborating on The People’s Champ cigar in 2019, providing feedback to the Punch brand and cigar-making teams in the U.S. and Honduras. Three years later, with input on everything from the profile and the size of the cigar to its packaging, Punch will proudly unveil the limited edition robusto.

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Padrón Announces PCA22 Exclusive Cigar

pcalogoThe Padrón Family is proud to introduce its newest addition to the Family Reserve Series, the No. 96.

This limited release cigar will be offered exclusively to attendees of the 2022 PCA Trade Show.

The Family Reserve Series is hand-crafted with refined and aged tobaccos creating an exceptionally smooth, complex, balanced and full-bodied flavor.

"As is our tradition, the No. 96 signifies a meaningful family date, honoring José Orlando Padrón's 96th birthday." —Jorge L. Padrón, President, Padrón Cigars

The Family Reserve No. 96 will be offered in 10 count boxes of round, individually cellophaned cigars sized at 52 x 5 3/4” – available in natural and maduro wrappers."

PRESENTING EL REY DEL MUNDO BY AJ

El Rey by AJ Box closedEl Rey del Mundo, the legendary Honduran brand, welcomes its first limited edition cigar with El Rey del Mundo by AJ.

The new expression is available in one box-pressed vitola and features a blend from AJ Fernandez.

El Rey del Mundo by AJ began shipping to all channels of retail this month.

Steve Abbot, director of marketing for STG said, “’El Rey del Mundo by AJ’ takes the foundation we’ve established with El Rey del Mundo and El Rey del Mundo Naturals and brings it to another level. Powered by a Nicaraguan-forward blend, AJ’s take on ‘El Rey’ delivers a fuller-bodied smoking experience. We believe this blend will capture the attention of smokers who might not have tried the brand before.”

Handcrafted by artisans at Tabacelera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua, El Rey Del Mundo by AJ is made with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and filler, with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder. The cigar delivers both body and balance and imparts hints of dark chocolate, cedar and white pepper on the palate.

El Rey Del Mundo by AJ is presented in 10-count boxes and available until the limited supply of 3,800 boxes is depleted.

El Rey del Mundo by AJ Toro (6 x 52); SRP per cigar $11.99 (box pressed)

LIMITED EDITION MACANUDO INSPIRADO COMING IN JULY

macanodo inspiradoThe second limited-edition blend of Macanudo Inspirado will be released in July. Called “Jamao” the new expression gets its name from a proprietary wrapper grown on a network of fincas in the Northwestern Dominican Republic.
Macanudo’s team of agronomists has been experimenting with tobacco cultivation and seed acclimation in Mao, D.R. for decades. There, in the Cibao Valley, the agronomists also work with a collective of independent local growers to cultivate and cure experimental tobaccos. With Macanudo Inspirado Jamao, one such sungrown tobacco is being brought to life as a wrapper.

“For this limited edition expression of Macanudo Inspirado, we acclimated a Habano seed varietal from Jamastran, Honduras to Mao, DR and ultimately produced a beautiful wrapper. To honor the many people who worked hard to produce this wrapper for the first time, we named the release ‘Jamao’ which represents the blending of Jamastran and Mao,” said Jhonys Diaz, General Cigar’s senior vice president of leaf operations.

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Alec Bradley Introducing 'Taste of the World Chunk' Sampler

ab chunk2000 Limited Edition Samplers to Feature Exclusive Cigars

Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 5, 2022)

Alec Bradley Cigar Company, a multigenerational family owned and operated business, today announced the upcoming release of 2000 Limited Edition 'Taste of the World Chunk' samplers for Father's Day 2022. Presented in collectable 8-count boxes, finished in a luxurious high-gloss blue lacquer, the collection unites 2 Chunk sized cigars each of the sampler exclusive 'Gatekeeper' and 'Kintsugi' with the Canadian exclusive 'Black Market,' and global release 'Magic Toast.' All Alec Bradley Chunk cigars measure in at a short and stout 4 1/4" X 60 ring gauge.

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