Cigar News: The Week In Review

Another active week in Cigar News with stories from local municipalities banning to sale of single sticks to major cities looking to ban smoking at the park and beaches. A cigar company ended it’s relationship with CAO and General Cigar won a big court case over the Cohiba name.

  • Carlos Torano Cigars took back its Distribution from CAO and in the process they have a new logo and a new name. Torano Family Cigars celebrates the change with 3 new cigars and a line extension. Torano Family Master, Single Region and Brigade will be Brick & Mortar only while the 50 year will receive the line extension if form of a box press.
  • For 13 years General Cigars has been battling Cubatabaco over the name Cohiba and this week a federal judge reversed a decision that originally favored Cuba. The new ruling states that since General was the first to trademark the name in 1978 they can continue selling the cigar in the US. Cubatabaco has charged that the selling of Cohiba Red Dots exploits there name. I’m sure this isn’t the last we heard on this.
  • They’re here! The much anticipated release from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje cigars has hit the shelf. The La Verite will be released each year as one crop from one farm much like the wine industry. This years crop includes a Criollo wrapper grown from Habano seed in that was grown in 2008 on Pepin’s farm in Esteli, Nicaragua.
  • More news outlets have picked up the story about Mayor Bloomberg looking to ban smoking in New York City Parks & Beaches. And the CRA has issued a call to action which didn’t work when it came to the tax increase in my state. Can the CRA help rally the troops and stop this from happening. I like Glynn Loope but so far the CRA has not lived up to expectations.
  • In Prince George’s County Maryland it is now illegal to walk into a tobacconist and buy a single cigar. The country wants you to buy 5 or more per purchase. There reasoning is it will curb the amount of new smokers and current smokers as well as limiting the sale to people who roll blunts. So now our government tells us what we have to buy. Amazing.
  • Ashton will now handle the distribution of Humidipak and Boveda this week. Both Humidipak and Boveda are two humidification packets that work pretty well and have continued to grow in popularity.
  • According to an article over at Cigar Reader that they picked up from the El Paso times if you use tobacco¬† you will not be able to get a job with the Texas University Medical Center. They now join Truman Medical Center in Kansas City as well as others in Ohio, Pennsylvania & Tennessee. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out how the use of a legal product can prevent you from getting a job.

Til next week smoke if you got em, because soon you may not be able to!